Katrina Reignites Global Warming Debate

 
 
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rabbit
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01 September 2005 06:55
 
 
 
 
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Iisbliss
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01 September 2005 07:43
 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdec.shtml

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdeadly4.shtml?

not enough data….

don’t get me wrong, I think global warming is a problem and we should do things…but I can see why they say its inconclusive.

 
 
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01 September 2005 08:19
 

Yes, there are natural fluctuations, but the death statistics are not as useful because they can’t factor in technological advances in both warning systems and efficiency of evacuation and rescue.

 
 
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01 September 2005 08:30
 

The lack of certainty over global climate change is actually very similar to the “debate” over evolution.

At this point, the overwhelming consensus of informed opinion is that the global climate is changing, and that human activity is at least part of the causality.  Still, our understanding of climate mechanisms (and therefore our predictive ability) is very poor.

The question is (in the corridors of power):  Since we don’t understand the climate anyway, is it really prudent to alter our behavior?

The question should be: Even though our understanding of climate matters is poor, is it at least sufficient to describe certain “boundary” issues, in order to steer policy?

-Matt

 
 
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Iisbliss
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01 September 2005 08:46
 

ah that site doesnt only have death statistics, it has number of known storms per season, ect, all kinds of stats

I checked on it because of the 40 year cycle they mentioned in the report.