NEW YORK — More than one million people are still out of power in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

Here in our area, we will feel the remnants of the hurricane on Wednesday and Thursday, with up to 6 inches of rain expected and flooding possible.

One of the reasons Ida caused so much damage was because it quickly escalated from a Category 1 to a Category 4 hurricane right before it made landfall. Scientists say that this phenomenon, known as rapid intensification, is likely to become increasingly more common because of climate change.

NY1 political anchor Errol Louis spoke to a panel of experts on “Inside City Hall” on Tuesday evening to talk about what cities like New York need to do to respond to the climate crisis. Steven Cohen, the director of the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University, and Kristina Dahl, a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, explained why global warming makes rapid intensification more likely to happen. They also stressed the need for cities to divest from fossil fuels.


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Watch the full interview above.


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