Extreme heat, flooding and wildfires: How climate change supercharged the weather – NPR

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Climate Change

Washington Post reporter Brady Dennis warns our aging infrastructure systems weren’t built to withstand the stresses of climate change: “There is a certain amount of suffering that we can’t avoid.”

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. Today marks the end of summer, another summer of extreme weather. This one ended with a catastrophic hurricane, Fiona. August brought extreme rain and flooding in eastern Kentucky and Saint Louis. Flooding caused a drinking water crisis in Jackson, Miss. In many places, rainfall amounts that previously would have taken days poured down in a matter of hours. Parts of the West have been experiencing the opposite extreme – drought and massive fires. The principal climate scientists at the Union of Concerned Scientists says some scientists have started to refer to the warm season as danger season.
My guest, Brady Dennis, has been writing about the dangers we’re already facing from climate change and ones we’re likely to face in the near future. He’s a national environmental reporter for The Washington Post and was part of a team of reporters at The Post that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2020 for, quote, “a groundbreaking series tha …

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