Tropical Storm Ike intensified into a hurricane today, and then rapidly intensified into a sudden Category 3 storm, our third major hurricane of the year. And instead of recurving northward, as hurricanes at its location tend to do, Ike is forecast to plow straight towards Cuba and Hispaniola, and possibly threaten the United States.
All of which is so not cool….but just more proof that this hurricane season is far, far from over.
To that end, my latest Science Progress column is an attempt to seize the moment to direct attention beyond Anderson Cooper dodging flying billboards on CNN, and towards critical matters of hurricane policy: research funding, insurance policy reform, global warming adaptation, and the protection of our most vulnerable major cities. You can read the hurricane policy agenda here.