Before reading the article:
As Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in Florida yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott warned residents, “This is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century.”
Do you feel like storms in recent years have become more powerful and destructive? Can you give an example?
Watch the two-minute video below about how climate change is affecting hurricanes:
Then, answer the following questions:
• Why is climate change making hurricanes worse?
• What evidence do scientists have that they are going to become even more devastating in the future?
Now, read the article, “Why the Wilder Storms? It’s a ‘Loaded Dice’ Problem,” and answer the following questions:
1. What words does the writer use in the first paragraph to show that storms this year have been especially harsh?
2. How is global warming creating more intense storms?
3. Why aren’t floods and storms killing as many people as they once did?
4. What are three long-term consequences that natural disasters can have on a country and its citizens? Give an example of one from the article.
5. Why is preparing for a future of stronger storms so difficult?
6. Besides precipitation, how else is global warming affecting the climate and why is it dangerous?
7. Why does Raghu Murtugudde say “it’s not just the science that matters” in averting the worst impacts of disasters? What else needs to happen?
Finally, tell us more about what you think:
Follow the live updates for Hurricane Michael here. Watch the video and choose one or two sections to read in-depth. Then tell us:
• What has the hurricane been like so far? What damage has it done? What are some of the projected long-term effects it might have on residents in the Southeast United States?
• What role is climate change playing in this particular storm?
• Based on what you have read and watched, how concerned are you about climate change and why? Weigh in on our related Student Opinion question.
Source :The Learning Network