Seven Hurricane Katrinas from Climate ChangeBy Michael Frank on March 19th, 2013
For all those climate-change deniers, here’s some sobering news: A new study argues that for every one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees F) of global warming, the U.S. Atlantic seaboard could see up to seven times as many Katrina-sized hurricanes. So if you’re a member of Congress, we’re guessing you’ll catch “belief” pretty quickly. The news comes from Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute, where they matched East Coast storm surge records from the last 90 years with global temperatures. The results, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are grim. The strongest hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace with only half the level of warming currently projected by scientists. Worse, global temperatures turned out to be one of the best predictors for increased hurricane activity. Via Wired.
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