Destructive force of Irma and Harvey has Trump expressing awe, but those in power should focus on the environmental causes

One week after the record deluge in Texas, the biggest hurricane ever measured in the mid-Atlantic is tearing through the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma, a category-five storm, is already destroying homes and threatening lives in the Leeward Islands with 185mph winds and 11ft coastal surges. In the coming days, it is forecast to hit Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Florida. The governor of Florida has already declared a state of emergency.

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