29 Aug '11, 7pm

Climate change makes hurricanes like Irene more destructive:

Climate change makes hurricanes like Irene more destructive:

[On Friday], the immediate question for anyone in the path of the storm [was] -- or should [have been] -- "How can I keep myself and my loved ones safe?" But another question may be lingering in the background. It's the same question that came up in April, when a series of killer tornadoes tore up the South, and in May, when floods ravaged the entire Mississippi River basin, and in July, when killer heat waves seared the Midwest and Northeast, and in August, when Texas officially completed its worst one-year drought on record -- a drought that isn't over by a long shot. The question: Is this weather disaster caused by climate change? Wrong question. Here's the right question: Is climate change making this storm worse than it would have been otherwise? Answer: Absolutely. For one thing, sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are higher now than they used to be, than...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-08-29-climate-ch...

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