Climate change is almost certainly a large contributor to the intensity and destructiveness of Hurricane Harvey, claims Eric Holthaus of Politico. Some scientists estimate that around 30% of the hurricane’s rainfall can be attributed to climate change caused by human activity. The warming of the atmosphere creates more evaporation and increases the amount of water rainstorms carry. The Gulf of Mexico’s unusual warmth added to Harvey’s magnitude. Climate change is highly likely to have increased the hurricane’s destructive power. Society needs to come together to prevent disasters like this from happening again.
The assertion that climate change caused or worsened the effect of Hurricane Harvey is, with our current evidence, still disputable, asserts Maddie Stone of Gizmodo. The Gulf of Mexico has long been a hurricane-prone zone due to its weather conditions. Countless complex factors lead to a hurricane, and there isn’t enough data to outright prove that climate change made Harvey more dangerous. To make such a scientific claim, solid and definitive evidence is needed. By some estimates, tropical storms will even decrease in the future, notwithstanding the warming of the globe. Harvey's damage could have happened without climate change.