Climate Change in Action: Massive Storms, Dam Failures

The dam failures that sent residents of Michigan scrambling last week can be connected to the extreme weather events created by climate change, according to experts.

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May 24, 2020, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


James Brugger, David Hasemyer, and Bob Berwyn report in the aftermath of catastrophic dam breaks and flooding in Michigan this week, tying the disaster to climate change.

"The flooding disaster in Michigan this week emphasized, in stark reality, the warnings by scientists that climate change is causing heavier and more frequent rainstorms in many parts of the country, including the upper Midwest," according to the article.

In the case of the massive storm that settled over the upper Midwest last week, "Scientists, environmental advocates, and dam safety experts said that the heavy rains were an example of the extreme weather that scientists have linked to climate change." According to the same experts cited in the article, U.S. communities can expect more storms like it in the future, and more infrastructure failures.


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