Nineteen scientists from 10 institutions collaborated on a paper concluding that the burning of fossil fuels, which warms the climate, is also heating the oceans and intensifying hurricanes like Katrina. Some skeptics remain unconvinced. Of course, some skeptics remain unconvinced that America ever landed on the moon…
San Francisco Chronicle:
Scientists say they have found what could be the key to ending a yearlong debate about what is making hurricanes more violent and common—evidence that human-caused global warming is heating the ocean and providing more fuel for the world’s deadliest storms.
For the past 13 months, researchers have debated whether humanity is to blame for a surge in hurricanes since the mid-1990s or whether the increased activity is merely a natural cycle that occurs every several decades.
Employing 80 computer simulations, scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and other institutions concluded that there is only one answer: that the burning of fossil fuels, which warms the climate, is also heating the oceans.