Hurricane Irma shows that the Government can’t afford to neglect climate change any longer

Certainly the broad consensus among scientists is that, while hurricanes are not caused by climate change, we will see those with the intensity of Irma more frequently as a consequence of global warming – essentially because higher sea-surface temperatures enable storms to pick up more water and more power. It is far better to consider this in the full face of the reality wrought in the Caribbean in recent days than to do so when the world is no longer interested, and the issues appear, however temporarily, less urgent.

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  • Brett_McS

    Except that a warmer world will be less stormy.

    Global warming – assuming it’s a thing – is manifest as warming primarily at high latitudes. This results in a smaller temperature differential between the poles and the equator, and it is this differential that provides the energy that drives storms. Hence warmer equals less stormy.

    This seems to have been the case since the end of the little ice age when recent warming began. Of course now we know about storms in far away and uninhabited places that in earlier days would have never been on the radar (literally) so this has given the impression that there are more storms now, but this is probably not true.

  • V10_Rob

    So how many billions are we supposed to spend to achieve a measurable reduction in hurricane frequency/strength?

    • Clink9

      Don’t ask. Just keep giving of your paycheck until the king says that’s enough.

      • ntt1

        justin will be so pleased..

  • tom_billesley

    Last week in the UK, there was one day that it didn’t rain. Much more of this climate change and it’ll destroy the umbrella industry.

  • Since the warmists can prognosticate so well, where’s Irma going to be mid-week? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11089d1612ccf1d1e335314e6bcf82588166ee6f32a5f65d4bf154b534067e87.png

  • Hurricane Irma: Florida evacuates millions as superstorm batters Cuba – latest updates

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/09/hurricane-irma-florida-evacuate-landfall-cuba-live-latest

    An excerpt: Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s international climate lead, said on Saturday morning…

  • Blacksmith

    Uh, yeah, The last major hurricane to strike the US before Harvey was 12 years ago called Katrina, so fuck off.

  • disqusW6sf

    I thought it’s hurricane season.

  • Hard Little Machine

    There were zero hurricanes larger than Irma since 1969. But that means that every storm since hurricane Camille was weaker. Consistently weaker. In other words storm intensity peaked 38 years ago. How do they explain that?

    • canminuteman

      The difference in peoples perception is based on the fact that in 1969 the population in the affected area was likely less than half of what it is now, therefore there was far less damage, even in a bigger storm.

  • canminuteman

    One a decade or so there is a really bad hurricane season, some years there is a very mild hurricane season. It has ever been thus. What has changed is that from decade to decade there is huge population growth in the area affected by hurricanes. As the population grows in those areas, people build on land that they never would have built on in the past because it regularly floods. Thus every time there is a major storm the damage is worse than it was last time.

    The last time there was a hurricane in southern Ontario was hurricane Hazel in 1954 (more than half a century ago for those doing the math). As a result of that storm the foresighted leadership of Toronto created the “Metro Toronto Region Conservation Authority to acquire and manage the land that was flooded as a result of the storm and ensure that it isn’t built on. Even though a storm like that hasn’t happened here in 63 years they took that elementary precaution. Anyone who builds a house on the coast of Florida should be building it with the thought in mind that in any given year there is a ten percent chance it will be destroyed in a storm. To whinge to the government when it happens in asinine.

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  • andycanuck

    You know, after the 12 quietest years in recorded history for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Weather, not climate

  • Tooth&Claw

    Please, can someone just stop this bullshit propagandizing?

  • ntt1

    taxing the western hemisphere into a standstill and transferring its wealth to incompetent third world counties will not accomplish anything except for another bloody war against communism in globalist costume this time , post modernism is communist fascism .