Strong tornadoes not linked to climate change, experts say
Dec. 12--WASHINGTON -- No evidence exists that climate change has led to more tornadoes or stronger ones, experts said Wednesday at a House hearing exploring the links between global warming and severe weather events.
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Since: Apr 08
"the green troll"
#1 Dec 12, 2013
Looks like Pielke got an easy ride from the Republicans.
In the past, he's been held to task:
Whitehouse: We agree that climate change is happening.
Whitehouse: We agree that we should both mitigate and adapt in response to that change.
Whitehouse: We both find the IPCC reports credible?
Whitehouse: Can we also agree that a body of credible research projects that extreme weather events could increase in frequency and intensity due to manmade carbon dioxide emission.
Pielke: Yes, that's certainly the case and if you look at the literature you'll find many such projections.
And here's what the IPCC (which remember Pielke finds "credible") says on extreme weather:
The AR5 recognizes clear trends in flood-causing factors like extreme rain and sea level rise, despite the fact that actual trends in flooding are confounded by infrastructure (such as flood-control projects) and land use change.
The AR5 describes increases in droughts in specific regions, and suggests a connection to anthropogenic climate change.
The AR5 confirms that North American large wildfires have significantly increased in frequency since the mid 1980s, and the wildfire season has lengthened. These trends are projected to continue.
The AR5 recognizes that sea levels have risen, which contributes to the destructiveness of storms like Haiyan. It also recognizes increasing temperatures at both the sea surface and the deep ocean. These can contribute to cyclone intensity by making more energy available.
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