Economic losses from US hurricanes consistent with an influence from climate change
Economic losses from US hurricanes consistent with an influence from climate change Stoat
Perhaps not the world's greatest shock in Nature Geoscience 8, 880-884 (2015) doi:10.1038/ngeo2560 by Francisco Estrada,W. J. Wouter Botzen& Richard S. J. Tol. Hmm, one of those names is strangely familiar.
There's a press release from U Sussex: Professor Richard Tol is co-author... find that the upward trend in economic losses from hurricanes in the US cannot be explained by the commonly invoked increases in vulnerability and exposure... find that part of the trend cannot be explained by commonly used socioeconomic factors, but is consistent with an increase in the number and intensity of loss-generating cyclones that hit the US, possibly as a result of global warming. The authors estimate that US$2-14 billion of US hurricane losses incurred in 2005 may be attributable to climate change. Professor Tol said "Ha ha Pielke, stick that in your pipe and smoke it!" I may have made some of that up, but only a little bit. I'd tell you more but the b*st*rd thing is paywalled, so I don't need to find a more convoluted excuse for not reading it.
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