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Obama's First Hurricane

As Climate Changes, Scientists See Irene as a Harbinger - NYTimes.com

The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?

The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger.

The even shorter answer is "No".


Funny how they don't say that Irene was downgraded to Category One, before it reached the coast.

So, not such a big thing after all.

But they never waste a beneficial crisis.

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