By Andrew FreedmanMay 11, 2011
What Does Climate Change Have to Do With the Flooding?
Climate change cannot be blamed for causing the flooding, but scientists have detected large-scale trends indicating that extreme precipitation events are becoming more likely as temperatures warm in response to increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the air. This means that heavy rainfall events are more frequent than they used to be, in part because a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture that can be wrung out by storm systems.
Scientists are working to detect the “fingerprint” of climate change in specific extreme weather events, and their methods are still in their infancy. It will take many months for studies to be completed on whether climate change may have made April’s heavy rains more likely. For now, though, we can look at studies that have already been completed that offer some clues about the relationship between climate change and heavy precipitation events.
That is the equivalent of racist claims from the 1960s. We used to hear this all the time : “We can’t say for sure that a colored person committed this crime, but as more colored people move into the neighborhood, we expect crimes of this type to increase.”
Either they have evidence or they don’t. This type of reporting is intended to mislead and is fraudulent.
Expectations are not a cause of weather.