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

September 6, 2017

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