'Climate change is taking place before our eyes' – the weather of 2012
Former US vice-president Al Gore backed this up: "Every night on the news now, practically, is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation."
But the climate sceptics hit back, saying hysteria was fuelling fears of nonexistent manmade climate change. "The promoters … have essentially declared that manmade climate change will cause many bad weather events to happen. And since bad weather events always happen, there is no shortage of 'proof' of their predictions," said Marc Morano of Climate Depot.
"They can always claim every bad weather event as evidence of their correctness. There is no way anyone can falsify the global warming claims now because any weather event that happens 'proves' their case, despite the fact that the current weather is neither historically unprecedented, nor unusual," he added.