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Hot Air And Greed Creates A Glut Of Hurricanes

by | 20th, May 2008

hurricane.jpg“HURRICANE glut ‘not down to global warming’,” comes the Mail’s headline.

Can you have a glut of hurricanes? And are hurricanes ever wanted in the first place so that the supply of them can outstrip their demand? Are we that greedy? Discuss.

Dr Tom Knutson, works for the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Says the Mail: “Ever since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, such storms have been seen as a ferocious manifestation for global warming.”

Dr Knutson says “changes in the level of hurricane activity is the result of a natural cycle linked to ocean temperatures”.

In the New York Times, Daniel Gross is reviewing Jeffrey D. Sachs’s new book Common Wealth.

The combination of climate change and a rapidly growing population clustering in coastal urban zones will set the stage for many Katrinas, not to mention “a global epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular disease and adult-onset diabetes.”

It’s all our fault. We really are greedy.

Can you eat a hurricane?

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