It was inevitable that the climateers and their handwringing handmaidens of the media would pronounce Typhoon Halyan is proof of climate change. So hand over your car keys and turn your thermostat down! It is tedious and boring to have to deal with this, but, like hauling the trash to the curb every week, somebody has to do it.
For example, here’s one general assessment of the issue:
Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin… In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low.
Which oil-and-coal-backed skeptic said this? Oops: this is from the latest UN IPCC climate science report released six weeks ago (chapter 2 on Oceans if you’re a glutton).
My current campus colleague Roger Pielke Jr. (we see each other every Monday at department faculty meetings these days) calls out the egregious Jeffrey Sachs for distorting the scientific consensus, based on this tweet from the Twit:
Of course, Roger has one big thing on his side. This stuff called data:
Speaking of “turning your thermostat down,” over in Britain right now there is a resurgence in employment for . . . chimney sweeps. No, it’s not a Mary Poppins revival: it’s what happens when energy costs are driven up and people resort to cheaper energy, like wood-burning fireplaces. Sure to do wonders for London’s air quality.