Hurricane Sandy was 'no coincidence'

2012-11-28 11:38
Superstorm Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Superstorm Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/NOAA)

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Doha – Though it's tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was "probably not a coincidence" but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the US more often as the world gets warmer, the UN climate panel's No. 2 scientist said. 

After years of disagreement, climate scientists and hurricane experts have concluded that as the climate warms, there will be fewer total hurricanes. But those storms that do develop will be stronger and wetter.

It is not correct to say Sandy was caused by global warming, but "the damage caused by Sandy was worse because of sea level rise," Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer said.

Among other topics, they are discussing how to help poor countries convert to cleaner energy sources and adapt to a shifting climate, as well as extending the expiring Kyoto Protocol, an agreement that limits the greenhouse emissions of industrialized countries.

Read more on:    doha  |  climate change  |  un
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