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‘Will Hurricane Harvey show Trump that climate change exists?’

President Trump can now witness the ferocious power of nature at a time when has consistently been wrapped in a cloak of skepticism and denial about climate change. The world is reaching a tipping point. No country is immune from the repercussions of hurricanes, floods, torrential rain, cyclones. However, these offer an opportunity for governments, corporations and investors to invent a low carbon footprint that is conducive for sustainable growth, economy, investment, development and employment within our planetary contours.

Climate change affects mostly the poor, the impoverished, the disenfranchised, the vulnerable and the downtrodden who are at the bottom of the ladder. Also, floods have other health risks. Contaminated rubbish bins are hotbeds of rodents and rats plagues. Rats are transmitters of potentially lethal diseases, bacteria, viruses; conveyors of lethal illnesses, are poisonous. Just one rat can breed up to 6000 rats up to a two or three year age. This itself poses risks to human health, security, safety and the environment. President Trump should take a note and work with other nations to avert a climate catastrophe before its impacts become irrevocable.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob