Much of the debate over climate change is centered around extreme weather events and whether or not human induced global warming causes more frequent and intense tropical storms.
Today, a great article in The New York Times previews a bit of that debate. The scientific community tends to fall into one of two categories when dealing with the issue of hurricanes and climate change: we have at this point presented substantial evidence that human induced climate change is causing more frequent and severe hurricanes, or the opinion that it is premature to say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the result of man-made warming. Both parties recognize that global warming will in fact cause more hurricanes, and more intense ones, at that, but the debate continues between scientists (the former being the more widely accepted theory) on whether or not this will be an ongoing trend. While most science points towards it getting worse, we can only hope it doesn’t.