NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on parts of the Texas coast in 2017. Then, in 2020, fierce winds from Hurricane Laura destroyed homes on the Louisiana coast. Hurricane Ida hit in 2021, leaving the entire city of New Orleans without power for days.
Such extreme weather is becoming increasingly common, and that’s just one of the warnings for the Gulf of Mexico region in a United Nations report released this week. The devastating effects of climate change in the region also include rising seas, collapsing fisheries and toxic tides, even as humanity somehow manages to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.