Time: Global Warming responsible for Worsening Hurricanes

September 10th, 2008

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Time magazine reports on a new study by Nature which concludes that rising ocean temperatures caused by global climate change are responsible for hurricanes becoming a greater threat.

From the Time article:

All these hurricanes in such a short period of time begs the question: are storms getting stronger, and if so, what’s causing it? According to a new paper in Nature, the answer is yes — and global warming seems to be the culprit.


Think of the damage that hurricans have caused even without the possible effect of warming: Hurricane Camille in 1969, which caused over $9 billion in damages, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which caused $38 billion in damages. Now imagine those storms potentially amplified by the unpredictable effect of global warming. We need to be prepared. Gustav caused far less damage than Katrina because it was a weaker storm, yes, but also because we were ready this time. But we also need to reduce carbon emissions and blunt climate change — or we may experience storms for which there is no preparation.

Read the full article here.