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Climate Change is Real: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Hurricanes Across the Globe
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13 Sep 2017 01:50 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Satellite image of Hurricane Irma (Image Source: Public Domain)

The White House has been staying quiet about climate change.

Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, or Paris Climate Agreement, earlier this year.

Obviously, climate change is a real threat to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes have been reported in just the past week alone. But the White House still doesn't want to talk about climate change.

The White House will not make a direct link between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to climate change despite the growing pressure from advocates and officials, reports The Huffington Post.

"Causality is something outside of my ability to analyze right now," Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert told reporters during a press briefing on Monday. "There's a cyclical nature to a lot of these hurricanes. We continue to take seriously the climate change, not the cause of it, but the things we observe."

The White House says it will perform a "trend analysis" sometime in the near future, he revealed. Bossert's comments come after the one made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who said on Friday that it was "insensitive" to bring up climate change as the storms took place.

"To have any kind of focus on the cause and the effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced," he told CNN.

Scientists have warned that climate change could lead to more catastrophic weather events. They still haven't reached a consensus on whether the rising temperatures in the U.S. have caused more storms to occur. President Donald Trump has called climate change a "hoax," and Pruitt has denied climate change in the past. Trump pulled out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement and disbanded a presidential climate change panel.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with record-breaking rain. Then an 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, according to The Los Angeles Times. While authorities scrambled to rescue victims from the rubble and provide shelter to the homeless, a Category 1 hurricane struck Mexico's Gulf Coast on Saturday. Two people were killed by Hurricane Katia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall, according to officials.

Hurricane Irma was a major threat to the Caribbean, Florida, and other southern U.S. states. Wildfires continue to cause havoc across the West. It's not just California that's getting hit. Firefighters continue to battle wildfires the size of Maryland in northwestern Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah, according to another Los Angeles Times report.

San Diegans are also at risk of earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, and tsunamis. The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services created the "Know Your Hazards" website that helps people determine which natural disasters pose a threat to their home or business, reports ABC 10 News.

Federal, state, and San Diego County governments also have resources available. These tools include alerts, the SD Emergency app, CERT Emergency Team Recruitment, and natural disaster and wildfire guides.

The White House is staying quiet on climate change as folks across the nation prepare for the next natural disaster. Whether people believe in climate change or not, it's clear that everyone is being extra cautious these days.

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