Gore: Haiyan and Sandy-like storms are 'gamechanger' for public awareness of global warming - 'I think that these extreme weather events which are now a hundred times more common than 30 years ago are really waking people's awareness all over the world [on climate change], and I think that is a gamechanger.'
Bill Gates 'warned that growing prosperity as a result of development efforts could worsen global warming emissions, if energy was not generated in a clean way. 'As the poorest are being lifted up, as they're getting lights and refrigerators, we are going to use more energy. There's not a scenario here where we use less energy. We have to make the energy we use not emit any greenhouse gases, particularly CO2.'
Pielke Jr.: 'There is even evidence in our paper (see our Figure 2) that the period before 1970 saw more intense hurricane landfalls than the period since. Older data from the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific (which together represents 64% of all global intense landfalling hurricanes 1970-2010 and 69% of all hurricanes) indicates that landfalling intense hurricanes in these two basins occurred at a 40% higher rate from 1950-1969 than 1970-2010. There were 9 intense landfalls in 1964 and 1965 in just these two basins, which equals the global record for all basins post-1970.
'The latest peer-reviewed studies, data and analyses undermine claims that the weather is more ‘extreme’ or ‘unprecedented,’[ according to Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot. 'They are exploiting any weather event to promote their religious like cause and a storm like Sandy is shamelessly used to gin up fear,' he added