Hurricane Hysteria Revisited

by Julie Walsh on February 1, 2008

in Blog

Will global warming increase hurricane activity? Two studies published in the last week arrived at opposite conclusions.

A link between warmer sea surface temperatures and increased North Atlantic hurricane activity “has been quantified for the first time,” according to a study by University College London researchers that was published in Nature (Jan. 30). They claim to have associated a 0.5 degree Celsius increase in sea surface warming with a 40 percent increase in Atlantic hurricane activity during 1996-2005 as compared to the average activity during 1950-2000.

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