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The image of a hurricane-spawning smokestack was used to promote the film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Author of the theory that global warming breeds stronger hurricanes recants his view

Noted Hurricane Expert Kerry Emanuel has publicly reversed his stance on the impact of Global Warming on Hurricanes. Saying "The models are telling us something quite different from what nature seems to be telling us," Emanuel has released new research indicating that even in a rapidly warming world, hurricane frequency and intensity will not be substantially affected.

"The results surprised me," says Emanuel, one of the media's most quoted figures on the topic.

The view that global warming has limited impact on hurricane strength has been previously reported in numerous DailyTech articles.

Emanuel, professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, is the author of numerous books and research papers on climate change. For over twenty years, he has argued that global warming breeds more frequent and stronger storms.  In fact, his 1987 paper is often cited as the first appearance of the theory itself.

His 2005 research -- published just one month before Hurricane Katrina struck -- made world headlines, and was heralded as the "final proof" that Global Warming was already having severe impacts on daily lives.  Overnight, Emanuel became a media darling.  The following year, Time Magazine named him to their "100 People Who Shape Our World" list.

In 2006, Al Gore used an image of a smokestack spawning a hurricane to promote his movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

Emanuel's newest work, co-authored with two other researchers, simulates hurricane conditions nearly 200 years in the future. The research -- the first to mesh global climate models with small-scale high-resolution simulations of individual storms -- found that while storm strength rises slightly in some areas, it falls in others -- and the total number of worldwide storms actually declines slightly.

Emanuel's reversal is certain to reverberate through political circles as well; many politicians and candidates are using the hurricane threat to compel action on climate change.



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RE: Masher scores again!
By callmeroy on 4/16/2008 3:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
I just think, and I'm not pointing my finger at anyone specific, its so interesting that on Internet forums a hot topic comes up and everyone is the instant expert.

The most fun though are when regular forum bloggers just debunk articles or research from established PhD in a particular field of study.

WoW you mean all I have to do is spend an afternoon reading Wiki articles and trolling through google searches and instantly I'm as qualified on a field of study as someone that spent 20-30 years studying the field and have multiple degrees and affliations (and get paid six figures at least)?

HAHA....those fools....I know more than them and I still have pleny of time to watch some tv and then go play WoW.

;)


RE: Masher scores again!
By onelittleindian on 4/16/2008 5:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
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and instantly I'm as qualified on a field of study as someone that spent 20-30 years studying the field and have multiple degrees
There are lot of people with multiple degrees and 20-30 experience in the field who don't believe in AGW. Masher quotes them in his articles.


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