We are observing more and more of what planetary scientists call “extreme weather”: droughts, but also flooding; scorching heat, but also extreme cold; wildfires, thunderstorms, hurricanes and more. At the same time, we have observed process safety incidents increasing in number and severity and which can be directly linked to abnormal weather conditions.
Conventional wisdom expects us to define maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, wind speed, precipitation and maybe a couple of additional parameters for the site in question and then declare mission accomplished. The problem is, conventional wisdom may fail in several ways. With the rise of Natechs, or industrial accidents with natural causes, specifically those resulting from climate change, we are witnessing a fundamental weakness in the traditional preventive framework.
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