Linking disasters to climate change is typically about more than just interesting science
If all tornadoes are caused by CO2, and we stopped producing CO2 tomorrow, there would still be lots of CO2 in the atmosphere. And therefor we would still have tornadoes. Mitigation and adaptation would still be needed.
I will say I'm remiss for not thanking you for highlighting that article. It's very good.
It's human nature to try and believe you can control uncontrollable things. Sacrificing virgins to quell a volcano, sacrificing people to end droughts. It's what humanity does.
Of course, there's no reason that a focus on the meteorological and human elements of weather-related disasters would be mutually exclusive. And also, at least arguably, the same political entities that focus on minimizing the meteorological elements are those that seek to limit efforts to address the human elements.
One would think you'd mention that within a big-picture discussion. Curious that you didn't.
The BC floods make for a good recent example of what you’re discussing here. This writer may have an overly skeptical position on climate mitigation (and the headline probably overstates things) but his highlighting of historical factors and stalled adaptation measures is instructive…