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Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
Tuesday, Sept 9, 2008

As goes the cyclical nature of tropical weather goes the cyclical nature of the media tying tropical weather to anthropogenic global warming.

Both the September 7 “NBC Nightly News” and ABC “World News Sunday” included segments that suggested the spike in named tropical storms in 2008 is due to climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions.

“A succession of dangerous storms [is] leading some to wonder if global warming, caused by manmade carbon dioxide pollution, is making a bad situation worse,” NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson said. “This is the theory: carbon dioxide raises the ocean’s temperature, both at and below the water’s surface, providing more fuel for any storm.”

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In a segment about the track of Hurricane Ike, ABC’s Dan Harris also seized an opportunity tie the two phenomena.

“This has been an enormously active year for hurricanes,” Harris said. “And we’re still three days away from the peak of the season. Ike will be the sixth consecutive named storm to hit the U.S. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. And a new study published in the journal Nature says global warming could make future seasons even nastier.”

However, some says that hurricane activity will actually decrease because of global warming. That is a conclusion from a study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Kerry Emanuel, published in the March 2008 issue of the “Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.”

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