29 Aug '11, 3pm

Global warming will make future hurricanes worse, full stop:

Ignore the members of the peanut gallery bleating about whether or not we can blame hurricane Irene on global warming. What matters is that in the future, warmer temperatures will mean more moisture in the air, so more flooding. And higher sea levels will make cities, especially New York, substantially more vulnerable to storm surges. Elizabeth Kolbert, in The New Yorker : Are more events like Irene what you would expect in a warming world? Here the answer is a straightforward "yes." Whether or not there will be more hurricanes is still up for debate. But more flooding? Surely. Marcus Bowman, an oceanography professor at Stony Brook University, has warned that the city could one day have "flood days ," the way it now has snow days. Chris Mooney echoes these sentiments , noting that the debate over whether Irene, in particular, can be blamed on climate change is a straw man...

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