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Global warming reduces risk of extreme weather

1884 tornado outbreak associated with low CO2

“This week in 1884, one of the worst tornado outbreaks, snowstorms and floods on record hit the US. There was flooding from Southern California to the Ohio Valley, and tornadoes from Illinois to Alabama and Texas.” click here

Devastating natural disasters did occur when carbon dioxide was low

This list was compiled by T. Heller at Real Climate Science:

  • In 1931 foods in China killed millions of people.
  • An 1780 Great Atlantic Hurricane killed more than 20,000 people. Winds over 200 MPH destroyed every structure in Barbados. 
  • On September 9, 1900 Galveston Texas was destroyed by a category 4 hurricane, which killed ten thousand people.
  • On September 19, 1926 Miami was destroyed by a hurricane. Climate experts blamed sunspots.
  • Heatwaves during 1911 killed tens of thousands of people in Europe and the US.
  • The worst heatwave on record in Australia occurred January 1896. The New York Times described it as the worst heatwave on record anywhere, killing thousands of people.
  • Europe has a long history of devastating heatwaves and droughts going back more than 1,000 years.
  • The deadliest and largest tornado on record occurred in 1925.
  • Flooding and tornadoes in 1913 were described as the “Greatest Cataclysm In American History”
  • The 1927 floods on the Mississippi River were the worst on record in the US. The Red Cross described 1927 as the worst year in history, with 111 disasters – including 29 tornadoes, 24 floods, 9 hurricanes and 23 fires. St. Louis was destroyed by a tornado.
  • During 1936, the US had the hottest July, terrible drought, the coldest February, and record flooding.

No trend in proportion of the globe in drought since 1950

“Figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show no trend in the proportion of the globe in drought since 1950. Others have suggested a decline in drought levels in recent decades.” click here

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Lowering atmospheric carbon dioxide will have no effect on extreme weather

Climate-related disasters have declined sharply over the past 30 years

Click here for the complete study and here for further discussion.

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Another climate paper fatality? This time PNAS….

“Earlier this week a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by a team of authors led by Aslak Grinsted, a scientist who studies ice sheets at the University of Copenhagen, claimed that “the frequency of the very most damaging hurricanes has increased at a rate of 330% per century.” …..

…..”In fact, however, the new PNAS paper is fatally flawed. The conclusions of major scientific assessments remain solid. As I’ll show below, G19 contains several major errors and as a result it should be retracted.” click here