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    Extreme Weather Caused By Global Warming Is Going To Worsen, Scientists Say

    A draft summary of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press says the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become "increasingly marginal as places to live."

    The report from the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change marks a change in climate science, from focusing on subtle shifts in average temperatures to concentrating on the harder-to-analyze freak events that grab headlines, hurt economies and kill people.

    "The extremes are a really noticeable aspect of climate change," said Jerry Meehl, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "I think people realize that the extremes are where we are going to see a lot of the impacts of climate change."
     
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    Anyone who swallows the pap the thuroughly discredited IPCC pumps out is beyond gullible.

    Global Warming Hoax: Prominent NOAA Scientist Changes His Mind On Hurricanes

     
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    oldsocks posts A HUFFPO piece.... Yeah..
     
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    And we still have two months to go.

    Disasters in US: An extreme and exhausting year | New England Post

    The insurance company Munich Re calculated that in the first six months of the year there have been 98 natural disasters in the United States, about double the average of the 1990s.

    Even before Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was on pace to obliterate the record for declared disasters issued by state, reflecting both the geographic breadth and frequency of America’s problem-plagued year.

    “If you weren’t in a drought, you were drowning is what it came down to,” Masters said.

    Add to that, oppressive and unrelenting heat. Tens of thousands of daily weather records have been broken or tied and nearly 1,000 all-time records set, with most of them heat or rain related:
     
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    Partnering for more resilient societies | Swiss Re - Leading Global Reinsurer

    Major catastrophes dominated the headlines and disrupted lives and livelihoods this year – a sobering reminder that affected communities are no match for the forces of nature. We saw earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, floods in Australia, tornadoes in the United States, drought in the Horn of Africa and hurricanes in the Caribbean and the eastern seaboard of the US. This is already the second most devastating year on record when it comes to insured losses from catastrophic events.

    It’s little wonder governments are increasingly turning to private insurers for risk-bearing capacity and risk financing expertise. Swiss Re is facilitating new forms of public-private partnerships to help governments absorb the financial consequences of catastrophic events and make themselves more resilient.
    Committing to make a differenceWe’re making a series of bold statements about it during a single week in September, when some of the world’s preeminent leaders converge on New York. During this week Swiss Re and its partners are showcasing a series of commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative that make a real difference to people in impoverished societies.

    Swiss Re is also the Founding Sponsor of Climate Week NYC, an annual event where business, government and NGOs gather to address climate change. This year, we are sponsoring a panel entitled "Rethinking resiliency: innovative solutions for climate adaptation," featuring some of the world’s leading thinkers – including ourselves, of course – on this issue.
     
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    And now cites an article whose information is gotten from an insurance company whose job it is to make money from selling insurance against natural disasters, stating that, you got it natural disasters are on the rise....

    Oldsocks what do you expect from a pig but a grunt?

    EDIT: oh wait they insure insurance agencies the isnure against disasters... My bad and that changes what?
     
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    ?... If global warming is now caused by man made inventions how would science describe the cause of the dustbowl?

    Not a scientist just curious the scientific theory on why the dust bowl happened.
     
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    That actually was both man made and natural. Perfect storm of mistakes made by farmers and a drought.

    What did man do to cause that drought I dont know though :eusa_whistle:
     
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    oh for Christ sakes...is that after the population bomb goes off? or acid rain burns us alive? the ozone disappears and I need 400K sunblock?
     
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    Market, Politicians Going Separate Ways on Climate Change: View- Bloomberg

    Hurricane Irene’s residue is likely to include a confusing debate over whether insurers or property owners are responsible for storm-caused water damage. There’s no lack of clarity, however, over whether the insurance industry believes in climate change and its ties to lethal weather: It does.

    As Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Sept. 5 issue, the industry has absorbed many lessons from Sept. 11 about anticipating risk. One is that the recent spate of weather extremes is likely to continue -- and the insurance market must reflect that.

    Interestingly, this puts the industry at odds with a number of Republican candidates who have made questioning climate change a not-insignificant part of their campaign strategy. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann dispute whether global warming is man-made. Perry suggests that climate is affected by many variables, which scientists can manipulate “so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.” Mitt Romney is on the fence. Only Jon Huntsman Jr. has declared definitively that he trusts scientists on global warming.

    Politicians have been known to dissemble about risk because voters generally don’t like to hear bad news. The insurance industry makes its money telling it to you straight -- how long you’ll probably live, what price your home will fetch, whether to repair or trade in your car.

    Risk Models

    For this reason, it’s worth noting that insurers already factor climate change into their models for measuring, pricing and distributing risk. Insurers have no incentive to lie. If they are more scared than they should be in pricing risk, shareholders will punish them. If they aren’t scared enough, nature will do the job.

    No one can say for certain that any single weather event flows from the warmer air caused by carbon emissions, which in turn lead to more rainfall, floods and snowfall over some parts of the planet, and more drought in other parts. But last year was the hottest on record. Arctic ice is at record low levels. Regardless of what politicians say, insurers must factor all this into premiums.
     

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