Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Slate Article Revisited

Okay, so this post is really nothing new. It relates back to the Slate article I linked to below. I received an email (rather rapidly I might add) that encouraged me to provide additional content from the article in the post because a) many readers may not click on the link to read the article themselves and b) if the link were to stop working the entire post would essentially become worthless. I think these are valid points, so here are some of the excerts from the article that I keyed in and the reason I linked to the article in the first place.

"Scientists also agree that in recent years, hurricanes have become more frequent and severe, at least in the Atlantic Ocean. After 24 years of relative quiet, more than 30 major hurricanes have churned in the Atlantic since 1995. Most researchers, however, think that increase has nothing to do with global warming. Those who study tropical cyclones say that Katrina was part of a natural cycle of angry storms that will batter North America for decades. "

"There is one hurricane scientist who believes he has found a possible link between global warming and storm intensity. But it's an entirely theoretical one. In the Aug. 4 edition of Nature, Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented math models that he said "show a substantial increase in potential intensity with anthropogenic global warming, leading to the prediction that actual storm intensity should increase with time." Emanuel concedes, however, that the observed storm intensities do not match what the models predict and that his study can only "suggest" that global warming "may" lead to more intense storms. "

"As John Tierney, among others, pointed out last week, property owners don't have much financial incentive to respect the risks of living in a hurricane zone. The federal government's flood insurance stakes property owners to much of the cost of rebuilding on the site that's been inundated. Studies show that thousands of coastal dwellers have received federal insurance payments for the same site following at least two different floods."

So there you go. I'd like to thank my emailer and would like to encourage her to post a comment sometime as it might encourage me to post a bit more too (she also commented on my recent lack of posting...hey who knew I had fans?).

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