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How Climate Change is Intensifying the Destruction Caused by Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ida flooded the Gulf Coast, knocking out power to more than a million homes and businesses ahead of a sweltering heat wave.

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Americans from coast to coast are facing devastating weather disasters. Hurricane Ida flooded the Gulf Coast, knocking out power to more than a million homes and businesses ahead of a sweltering heat wave. The remnants of Ida took a deadly swipe at much of the east coast. Meanwhile, the West Coast is facing another historic wildfire season coupled with a historic drought. Climate scientists have been warning for decades about the impact of global warming on the intensity of natural disasters. Craig Colten is a geography professor at Louisiana State University and studies how communities can better cope with extreme weather.