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Entornointeligente.com / At least a decade ago, a retired general at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies said to me that the rich countries will never take climate change seriously until some very big and apparently climate-related disaster happens in a first-world country. Hurricane Harvey was not that disaster. At least 46 people have died in the Houston floods in the past few days, and the number will undoubtedly go up.

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elmercuriodechile.com
In Bangladesh, at least 134 have died in monsoon flooding that has submerged at least a third of the country.

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economiavenezuela.com
But the latter fact will have no impact on opinion in the developed countries – “it’s just the monsoon again” – and the Texas disaster is not big enough to change minds in the United States.

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elnewyorktimes.com
Nor should it. Hurricanes are an annual event in the Gulf of Mexico, and their causes are well uderstood. Global warming has raised the amount of rain that this storm dumped on east Texas by three to five per cent.

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enlasgradas.com
(Higher sea surface temperature = more evaporation.) It also probably caused the changed wind patterns that kept Harvey loitering off the coast for so long.

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politica-venezuela.com
But it did not cause Harvey.

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