Whether you believe in global warming or not, there’s still some pretty great information on the links provided. And like I always say, it’s best to inform yourself before you form an opinion.
Last year the world experienced historical events, from severe flooding and mudslides in Thailand and Pakistan, flash floods in Brazil, tropical storm in Philippines to a drought in East Africa, Chile’s Puyehue volcano eruption and the typhoon, earthquake and tsunami that hit east of Japan. In the United States alone, extreme weather ranged from 200+ tornado outbreaks in the southeastern states, Joplin EF-5 tornado, triple threat drought, heat and wildfires across the southern plains to the category one Hurricane Irene, and early season winter storms. The frequent question raised: Was this caused by global warming?
New Yorker writer, Elizabeth Kolbert’s in her article “Hurricane Irene and Global Warming: A Glimpse of the Future?” makes a good point. The answers to this question are usually weak to the point most of us forget about this environmental issue until the next disaster hits. She suggests we start asking a different question.
Instead of the standard question, “Was [Irene] caused by global warming?,” in which the answer ultimately concludes not one event can definitively contribute to climate change. How about, “Are more events like [Irene] be what one could expect in a warming world?” The answer here is a straightforward “yes.”
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