“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”
-Rajendra K. Pachauri, IPCC chairman (2002-2015)
Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes in modern history. Over 1.5 million people in Texas and Louisiana were ordered to evacuate. Due to COVID-19 social distancing, evacuation centers and hotels were stretched to their limits trying to accommodate evacuees. Flooding due to rising sea-levels and heavy rainfall has left hundreds of thousands of residents without electricity and/ or clean tap water. Early estimates put the economic cost due to Laura at around $20 billion. However the cost to rebuild will be much higher (In 2017, Hurricane Harvey cost ~$160 billion and hurricane Maria cost ~$150 billion) and take many years.