Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Warmist James McCarthy at AAAS panel: Over the past decade, statistical evidence of a link between climate change and extreme weather events has strengthened

AAAS Panelists: Sandy a ‘Game-changer’ for Public Perceptions | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media
“Sandy was a game changer. It brought climate impacts and climate risk into the conversation in ways they had not [been considered] before,” said Andrew Freedman, a senior science writer for Climate Central.
According to Harvard biological oceanography professor James McCarthy, a long-standing contributor to IPCC climate assessments, those questions are becoming easier to answer. Over the past decade, he said, statistical evidence of a link between climate change and extreme weather events has strengthened.
Associated Press science writer Seth Borenstein pointed out another shift: when scientists discuss extreme weather events like Sandy, they now seem to have more latitude to talk about climate change in dramatic, immediate terms, rather than making carefully bounded statements about means and averages. “Nature is bringing climate scientists, kicking and screaming, into the story narrative,” Borenstein said.
Freedman argued also that it is important to remind audiences that natural variability still influences weather and climate patterns. “You have to prepare the public in case we have a normal phase, and not always focus just on extremes,” he cautioned. And he noted that Americans seem to be attributing some extreme events incorrectly to climate change, such as the 2011 tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri.
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