News Release

Hurricanes and Global Warming

KEVIN TRENBERTH
Head of the Climate Analysis Section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Trenberth said today: “There is no doubt that environmental changes related to human influences on climate have changed the odds in favor of more intense storms and heavier rainfalls. A reasonable estimate of the effect of global warming on storms, such as Hurricane Katrina, is about an 8 percent enhancement of heavy rainfall and fuel for the storms since 1970, which may well be the enhancement of flooding that can breach levees designed without this in mind.”
More Information

KERT DAVIES
Research director for Greenpeace USA, Davies said today: “Scientists know that global warming will supercharge extreme weather events. Two recent published studies point to increased energy and size of hurricanes due to global warming.”
More Information

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167