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Rayah Squibb, Editor

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In light of the staggering damages done by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, and the string of fires across Southern California, national talk has been on both efforts to rebuild parts of California and Florida. However, there is debate as to whether climate change has played a part in these natural disasters.

2017 is on record as being one of the hottest years in history. Scientists note the Arctic is melting at a faster rate than ever, and experts at National Geographic do not expect it to return to its original frozen state. Likewise, here in the U.S. we are experiencing dry and harsh weather that makes natural disasters an inevitability. In California, the drought that seemed to be on hiatus has slowly crept back and caused massive fires. Currently, there are over eight fires burning on the coast of California, few of which are contained.

According to CBS News, Hurricane Harvey was three times more likely to occur due to the increasingly wet climate in Florida. This is scientifically proven to be a direct cause of global warming. While some studies influence the public to believe that global warming/climate change does not cause natural disaster, it is important to note that each disaster that occured over the course of 2017 may have been significantly less devastating or nonexistent if global temperatures had not dramatically risen this year. The question we must now approach is how can we prepare and prevent future disasters. While there is no simple solution, we must be ready and start the conversation.

We at the Oracle hope the rest of 2017 is a lot easier on those affected by the intense weather and conditions so families can enjoy the holidays.

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