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Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change?

September 6, 2017 The Washington Post

As Texans worry about the potential health effects from the flooded plant that led to a massive fire, political scientist Jeff Colgan wrote in his most recent op-ed that this type of incident is called a 'knock-on' effect of climate change and that political fights are likely to ensue over whose responsible for other 'knock-on' effects as the climate continues to warm. "Climate change can cause or exacerbate natural disasters, which in turn create knock-on effects like the chemical plant fire in Crosby. But knock-on effects are also starting to appear even without natural disasters, in places around the globe that are already being affected by the warming climate."

Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change? (written by Jeff Colgan) – The Washington Post