Letter to the Editor Fall 2017

In response to: “Denying climate change is hurting any chance America has at reversing the impact” Published on Sept. 12

It is simply incorrect to link hurricanes with global warming.

Madhav Khandekar, who has a doctorate in meteorology from Florida State University and is a former Environment Canada research scientist said “the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in 2012 that a relationship between global warming and hurricanes has not been demonstrated. In their September 2013 assessment report, they had ‘low confidence’ that damaging increases will occur in tropical cyclones (hurricanes are a type of tropical cyclone) and drought due to global warming.”

In 2013 the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change said that “in no case has a convincing relationship been established between warming over the past 100 years and increases in any of these extreme events.”

“When the earth was cooling between 1945 and 1977, there were as many extreme weather events as there are now. The link between global warming and extreme weather is more perception than reality,” Khandekar said.

Written by, Tom Harris, B.A. Engineering, M.A. Engineering (Thermofluids Engineering.)

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