I try to avoid certain topics which the media has covered in excruciating detail such as the current series of hurricanes. The Russian probe and chaos in the White House would also be included in this group.
However, I wanted to add a bit more on the topic of the recent series of hurricanes and global warming which deserves repeating. There is a connection as there is ocean warming as well as average air temperature warming. It was an early conclusion of scientists that global warming would result in more extreme weather events. Certainly, the images of the immense hurricane Irma followed by Jose in the Atlantic ocean and Katia in the Gulf of Mexico would suggest that something way out of the ordinary is going on.
Saying that global warming caused Hurricane Harvey or Irma is way too simplistic. The severity of a hurricane depends on where it lands. If Harvey had dumped tons of water in the Gulf of Mexico instead of Houston or Irma had taken just a slightly less turn to the north and missed Florida, nobody would have cared. Warm Caribbean waters are an essential element for the formation of catastrophic hurricanes, and is a trend associated with global warming. Perhaps scientists are a bit reluctant to make more definitive statements on this relationship because there are so many other impacts of global warming such as increasing sea levels which are directly linked to global warming.
The denial of global warming by the White House is truly a sad situation. My heart goes out for the residents in the Caribbean islands. I suggest everyone consider making a donation to charity organizations helping them to rebuild.