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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Global warming caused last year's hurricanes

From Reuters:
The record Atlantic hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming, several top experts, including a leading U.S. government storm researcher, said on Monday.

"The hurricanes we are seeing are indeed a direct result of climate change and it's no longer something we'll see in the future, it's happening now," said Greg Holland, a division director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Holland told a packed hall at the American Meteorological Society's 27th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology that the wind and warmer water conditions that fuel storms that form in the Caribbean are "increasingly due to greenhouse gases. There seems to be no other conclusion you can logically draw."
Of course, given the Bushies' track record, Holland will soon be drawing his logical conclusions without the hindrance of having a government job. Also, this just makes all of the posturing about "high" gas prices look even more ridiculous.

And, BTW--I don't think the planet has gotten any cooler since last year.