A fitting end to the most storm filled season on record as eyes watch Tropical Storm Epsilon near Bermuda. Experts at the US National Weather Servicce warned that the most hectic season on record was part of “a trend likely to continue for years to come,” extending an active hurricane cycle that began in 1995.
“I’d like to foretell that next year will be calmer, but I can’t,” Admiral Lautenbacher said. “Historical trends say the atmosphere patterns and water temperatures are likely to force another active season upon us.”
It is perhaps fitting then that the top greenhouse gas emitter, the US (who won’t opt in on Kyoto citing possible disastrous repercussions to their economy) will also bear the brunt of increased hurricanes along the populous and unprotected East coast.
I am sure the US govt has weighed up the $ cost of reducing emmissions against damage from hurricanes and attached minor political fallout and decided that the cheapest (and therefore ‘best’) option for the current reigime is to keep on polluting in the hope that someone else can sort it all out later.