Letter to the Editor: Global warming link disputed
It is mistaken for letter writer Dr. Bruce Krawisz to link hurricanes to climate change or global warming.
As Madhav Khandekar, a PhD in meteorology from Florida State University and a former Environment Canada Research Scientist explains, “the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in 2012 that a relationship between global warming and hurricanes has not been demonstrated. In their September 2013 assessment report, they had ‘low confidence’ that damaging increases will occur in tropical cyclones [hurricanes are a type of tropical cyclone] and drought due to global warming.”
In 2013, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change explained, “in no case has a convincing relationship been established between warming over the past 100 years and increases in any of these extreme events.”
Dr. Khandekar concludes, “When the earth was cooling between 1945 and 1977, there were as many extreme weather events as there are now. The link between global warming and extreme weather is more perception than reality.”
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
International Climate Science Coalition
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada