Op-ed: Recent storms are only harbingers of future calamity

David Goldman, Associated Press

Pierre Ghantos, left, and his son Nathan paddle though their flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

The United States has just experienced one of the most costly weather events in our history, Hurricane Harvey. As I write this, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic, has just laid waste to Florida, and two more hurricanes are lined up right behind Irma. The same weekend that Harvey was pounding the Gulf, a monsoon halfway around the globe killed 1,200 people and drove millions from their homes in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

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