Nobel Laureate (shared) for Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as part of IPCC) Kevin Trenberth has made the the following announcement about the connection between climate change and recent disasters:
"Given that global warming is unequivocal," he said, the assumption should be "that all weather events are affected by global warming, rather than the inane statements along the lines of 'of course we cannot attribute any particular weather event to global warming.' "
Now we have it from the highest possible authority: Irene, Katrina, heatwaves, coldwaves, floods, droughts, you name it - global warming is always to blame. "Science" is as simple as that - on the Nobel Peace Prize level.
In 1821, a major hurricane passed directly over New York City, probably a strong category 4. Historical records show it caused a 10-foot storm surge at low tide. At that time, not that many people were living in New York, so people didn't pay a lot of attention to it.
But William Redfield, the "father of hurricane science", observed the 1821 storm. Just as a debate goes on today over whether global warming causes more frequent or more intense hurricanes, the mid-19th century debate was over "the law of storms".
Cary Mock, Associate Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina