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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Climate vs. Weather 

Climate change due to human behavior is scary and bad.

And it's happening.

But that doesn't mean that any given unusual weather event can be chalked up to global climate change. In fact, even dramatic weather stories like floods, droughts and frog-laden rainstorms can't be definitively, responsibly said to have been caused by "global warming" with current knowledge and technology.

This article
from the February 2003 issue of Nature explains the current state of the art and the prospects for a future where suing greenhouse gas emitters for the flood that ruined your basement (or your island nation) will be possible, in terms of scientific evidence if not legal standing. It's worth a look.

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