How Houston's recovering from a hurricane boosted by climate change

Women remove cloting from their Houston home, destroyed by floodwaters
Afhley Lluvia, left, and her mother, Julia, remove clothing from their home, which was destroyed by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston.
David J. Phillip | AP file

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One year ago, deep water rushed through the streets of Houston and into homes.

Hurricane Harvey dumped 30 to 60 inches of rain across the city. Climate experts find a warmer Gulf of Mexico enhanced those rainfall totals by as much as 15 inches.

To begin this week's show, we ask Houston public works director Carrol Haddock what it was like for the city to be overrun by Harvey. Here's what else is on the show:

A climate voice. Julie Nerbonne talks about the work of her organization, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

Australia on the front lines of climate change. And the politics of climate change in Australia is even more intense than here in the U.S. Aussie native John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, explains.

Devastating news on the actual number of deaths from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The nation's government raised the official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975. The updated number comes from a George Washington University study of hurricane-related deaths in the six months following the storm.

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