Kamis, 02 September 2021

US President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ida, wildfires show climate crisis has arrived - ABC News

Devastation from Hurricane Ida and wildfires blazing across the United States are deadly reminders that the "climate crisis" has arrived, US President Joe Biden said.

"These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here," Mr Biden said in a White House speech.

Scientists say climate change increases the frequency of extreme weather events such as large tropical storms as well as the droughts and heatwaves that create conditions for vast wildfires. 

Cars sit submerged under deep floodwaters on a street at night
Hurricane Ida has wrought havoc across much of the United States.(

AP: Matt Rourke


US weather officials recently reported that July 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded in 142 years of record-keeping.

Ida was the fifth-most powerful storm to strike the US when it hit Louisiana on Sunday (local time) with maximum winds of 240 kph, likely causing tens of billions of dollars in flood, wind and other damage, including to the electrical grid.

The storm's remnants dropped devastating rainfall across parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, causing significant disruption to major population centres.

"The suddenness, the brutality of storms now, it is different," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Ida causes severe flooding in NY streets, apartments and subway

Ida was "the biggest wake-up call" that the US needs to do more to fight climate change, he said.

The storm has killed more than 40 people in northeastern US states and states on the Gulf of Mexico.

More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi remained without power after Ida toppled a major transmission tower and knocked out thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations.

A woman inspects the wreckage of her home after Hurricane Ida
Ida was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the US.(

AP: David J. Phillip


Around 600,000 people had no water and another 400,000 were advised to boil their tap water before drinking it, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.

A heavily damaged bridge in the wake of Hurricane Ida
The US National Guard has been deployed to a number of states.(



Mr Biden said the flooding in Louisiana was less than the region experienced 16 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, crediting federal investments in the area's levee system.

"We know that there is much to be done in this response on our part," Mr Biden added.

"We need to get power restored. We need to get more food, fuel and water deployed."

He said he was receiving hourly updates on the disaster response and outlined efforts by the federal government to ease recovery efforts.

A firefighter monitors a large fire through tall trees
Scientists say climate change increases the severity of wildfires.(

AP: Jae C Hong


More than 6,000 National Guard members had been activated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and other US states to support search and recovery efforts, he said.

Mr Biden said separately that the Pentagon was assisting with ongoing firefighting operations in California against the so-called Caldor fire, which spanned more than 850 square kilometres and threatened at least 33,000 more homes and structures on Thursday (local time).

California has experienced increasingly larger and deadlier wildfires in recent years as climate change has made the US west much warmer and drier over the past 30 years.

No deaths have been reported so far this US fire season.

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