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Time Rejects Climate Change as Cause of Storm Intensity

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Julia A. Seymour
Business & Media Institute
Monday, Sept 8, 2008

Readers familiar with Time magazine’s global warming alarmism might have expected the publication to name climate change the culprit being worsening natural disasters. But they’d be wrong.

On September 3, Time.com examined “Why Disasters Are Getting Worse,” and the answer was “not for the reasons you may think.”

Reporter Amanda Ripley acknowledged the expectation that Time would blame global warming: “It is tempting to look at the lineup of storms in the Atlantic Ocean (Hanna, Ike, Josephine) and, in the name of everything green, blame climate change for this state of affairs.”

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“But there is another inconvenient truth out there: We are getting more vulnerable to weather mostly because of where we live, not just how we live,” Ripley said.

The problem, according to the article, is more about exploding populations in hurricane-prone areas and less about more intense storms. For example, Miami-Dade County’s population has risen 1,600 percent since the 1930s.

Ripley wrote that, “If climate change is having an effect on the intensities of storms, it’s not obvious in the historical weather data.” She cited Roger Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, who said, “There has been no trend in the number or intensity of storms at landfall since 1900.”

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Now that so many people (and all their stuff) reside on the coastlines, “each big hurricane costs more than the big one before it, even controlling for inflation.” Developing on the coasts has also destroyed natural protections against storms, Ripley said.

It was not long ago that Time magazine was promoting a link between hurricanes and global warming. The April 9, 2007, issue that presented readers with a 44-page “Global Warming Survival Guide” claimed that if a parade of disasters “didn’t quiet most of the remaining global-warming doubters, the hurricane-driven destruction of New Orleans did.” The story went on to blame Hurricane Katrina on global warming.

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