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Scientists: Global Warming Fueling Hurricanes

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Posted on Sep 12, 2006

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.

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By Scott, September 12, 2006 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment
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I try to recycle and I don’t want to buy the crap they ship from China. Unfortunately the local recycling depot shut its doors due to a lack of interest and my Co-op insists on selling crap. The closest competition is Costco and it’s a 100 kms away so…

Count me in with Earl I guess.

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By Spinoza, September 12, 2006 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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Concur with Mr. Earl

It is logical considering all the burning we do that it is likely to have an effect. We can only guess at the effect and there is little we can do about it.

Nevertheless: RAISE HELL

And drive out the Bush Regime OCT 5th

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By R. A. Earl, September 12, 2006 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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“Of course, some skeptics remain unconvinced that America ever landed on the moon… “. To say nothing about those who, to this day, insist that the world is FLAT.

Clearly our earth’s environment goes through cyclical changes, sometimes with dramatic consequences for the status quo. If there’s another episode of tropical weather in the Arctic or another ice age just around the “corner” there’s nothing we can do about it.

So those making a bundle today from the burning of fossil fuels, who coincidentally happen to be those with MEGA BUCKS, don’t really give a damn about the influence their activities have on the inevitable. So what if it speeds up the process by a few thousand years?

So all you folks who are expending valuable energy complaining about the polluters spewing greenhouse gases into our atmosphere might just as well forget it and get a life.

By this I don’t imply I agree with the polluters’ lack of compassion for fellow man and beast. I only mean that all the complaining in the world isn’t going to change their attitude and since they’ve got a death grip on the “controls” we’re all going down with them.

So put me down in the column marked “I care, but I’m not wasting my only lifetime worrying about things I can’t do anything about.”

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