August 29, 2017
"The hurricane is a naturally occurring hazard that is exacerbated by climate change," says Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University. "But the actual risk to Houston is a combination of the hazard—rainfall, storm surge and wind, the vulnerability, and the exposure." In Houston's case, vulnerability is particularly high. "It's a rapidly growing city with vast areas of impervious surfaces," Hayhoe says. "Its infrastructure is crumbling. And it's difficult for people to get out of harm's way."
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