Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana eight years ago today, killing at least 1,836 people. Now, a group of activists wants to know: Why place that morbid association on the people of the world named Katrina? A new petition argues that we should name storms after the people whose climate change-denying positions are exacerbating the problem. Look out for Hurricane Michele Bachmann.
The tongue-in-cheek (?) Climate Name Change petition calls for 50,000 signatures to be sent to the World Meteorological Organization, which names storms. The petition would ask the organization to begin naming storms after politicians who've denied human-caused climate change. (The group's also provided a handy list of Republican and Democratic policy-makers who'd be good candidates.) As of writing, the petition has more than 43,000 signatures.
Scientists can't pin down any specific storm to climate change, but on the whole, storms are getting worse because of (human-caused) climate change. Is the World Meteorological Organization going to change its naming process because of a 50,000-person petition? No. But it's a clever way of spreading awareness about who's making an already major problem worse.
Okay FastCompany had the same thing on their website a week ago. Obviously you guys get the same walking orders as they do.
As long as we name chimneys after who promote the idea that man is the main cause of climate change.
"This chimney, named Al Gore, is famous for blowing smoke."
Brilliant and funny.
@ Bagpipes100 Al Gore was the only person on SNL that didn't look at the cue cards.
Dear Knuckle Drager,
a.k.a. Colin Lecher, talk to the hand because the face ain't listening.
The only deniers are whiners like you.
I'm sorry, but denying climate change doesn't increase climate change. According to the theory, CO2 is the culprit, but the people who are pushing the theory produce VASTLY more CO2 than the average bear.
Why would the world leaders FLY to some place to discuss ways of controlling the populace... er... I mean, CO2 emissions when they could use something like Skype (but secure) to have the same discussions. If they're not going to change their lifestyle to save life as we know it, why should I believe that they're telling the truth?
"the people whose climate change-denying positions are exacerbating the problem."
What total and absolute BS.
I agree, but only if we can name psychiatric and emotional problems with liberal's names. Like, "the man killed and ate his neighbor, it's a case of Baldwinism or Gorizm (if he ate uncooked)!!" "you're telling me he ate his own feces while screaming that the sky is falling? Wow, obvious case of Matt DAMONISM!!!" or "you believe in manbearpig? that's a case of Colinerism lechterius, seek help immediately for it makes you believe in imaginary things""
But if you guys really believe in ManBearPig, I mean climate something or other, why don't you lot show us how to go about it??? You first, move to caves (remember your houses have a "foot print") no electricity no industrialized food (it harms "I, we Gaia") You have to lead the way my son!!!! Deal?
The politicians are only doing what business is telling them to do. The storms should be named after the companies that fund climate change denial. Hurricane Exxon Mobile. Of course that money is so concentrated in so few hands that the names would have to be recycled frequently. Hurricane Exxon Mobile 2014C.
Interesting idea, but it'd only work if we allowed for a third option for climate change: it exists, but we shouldn't (or can't) do anything about it. This would separate the folks that are rationalizing (their way to an irrational conclusion) from the folks that are simply irrational.
We need to give some of these folks for not being COMPLETE idiots.
Yeah cause there where never any storms before global warming.
Oh, never mind the Earth’s magnetic field has been decreasing over the past 300 years, which will influence climate change, warming of the atmosphere, increase volcanic activity which is a sign the Earths magma is changing which in turn has to do with the Earth’s magnetic field, and causing more Earth quakes and Tsunamis.
The Earth is 700k years past do a polar shift anyways, but let’s not pay attention to that either.
Maybe humans might be contributing to the global environment climate change, but by comparison to a magnetic polar shift human induce climate change would be so tiny in effect. Still it feels good for politicians and business to have somebody to blame, which bring more power and business for them.
Oohhhhhh Popsci..... (sighs)
Love it! @Bagpipes100
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A little fact-checking to help Colin out:
There is no data that shows storms are increasing in frequency or intensity or damage or cost. In fact, exactly the reverse is true. The only place storms are increasing in frequency or intensity is in the flawed computer generated global climate models.
-The U.S. is experiencing the longest hurricane drought ever recorded. As of today it has been 2,873 days since a hurricane made landfall. That's 7.8 years or 96 months. We beat the old record between 1900 and 1906 of fewest hurricanes. (Sandy doesn't count because it was a tropical storm by the time it hit the East Coast.)
-Worldwide, cyclone (hurricanes, typhoons) frequency is trending downward:
-Hurricane fatalities are also trending downward:
-The cost of damage from storms since 1950 in normalized dollars (factoring in inflation and such) is decreasing:
-Tornado frequency is down. 2011 saw an unusual number of tornadoes and we've seen some big tornadoes in the last couple years, but there is no discernible trend of increasing frequency or intensity:
You're welcome, Colin.
PopSci, you disappoint me.
In the article, it's stated that "on the whole, storms are getting worse because of (human-caused) climate change" with a link to an anecdotal PopSci article. Unbelievable.
Please read this testimony from Roger Pielke Jr.:
Pay attention to the last paragraph:
"Has anyone taken you up on your June 27th twitter invitation to defend President Obama’s claim? (“Open invitation: Does anyone wish to defend the Obama claim that worse extreme weather is increasing disaster costs?”)
PIELKE REPLY: No one took up the challenge."
I wonder why.
Yay! I'm going to have a storm named after me!
Will I have to wait for a hurricane that hits the US? That might be a while, since there has only been one hurricane to hit the US since the 2005 season that gave us Katrina and Rita. (Hurricane Ike, 2008)
But I'll settle for a "superstorm". Or mabye a "super mega blizzard" or some other scary sounding thing that the weathermen can dream up to get people to watch the 10 o'clock news.
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Climate change deniers.
Question: Is the earth warming?
Question: Did man create the machines that create smog?
Question: Did man create the machines that created acid rain?
Question: Did man create the machines that created the hole in the ozone layer?
Question: Did man create the bombs and gases that have caused generations of birth defects and abnormalities because of leftover residue from said bombs and gases?
Question: Does man have the ability to change the planet?
Answer: Well, duh.
Question: Is it feasible that all these horrible things we've done to the planet has had further negative repercussions that we are now seeing?
"When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."
".... new petition argues that we should name storms after the people whose climate change-denying positions are exacerbating the problem. Look out for Hurricane Michele Bachmann...."
So the personal views on the validity of popular AGW theory held by a single low-ranking member of the US House of Representatives with absolutely zero political influence justifies holding her personally responsible for the catastrophic effects of natural disasters like hurricanes?
Unless the author can provide direct evidence of cause-and-effect, as sound science process dictates, then maybe we should name the next storm "Hurricane Colin".
If you walk behind your car, then see the exhaust you could be told YOU are polluting the world.
If you are eating a sandwich and having a drink, you could be told you are polluting the world, with you food contained in plastic. You now have been politically influence and business will also cater to you to not be such a polluter of the environment.
If the world is warming up do a change in magnetic field of the Earth, then its not your fault and all there is for you do is to adapt and this changing world is out of human control or influence, per Earths changing magnetic field.
Keep in mind, our governments are hungry for their own power and when the opportunity comes to expanded, they will. Currently I read last night the annual funding for NSA is 52 billion dollars to stalk the people of the world for terrorist. Could 52 billion dollars be spent towards higher education, technical schools, trades and so forth, to keep USA productive and working yes. But the USA government focus is to keep and I on YOU and ME and grow their pyramid of power, instead.
Humans do have a minor, tiny influence on global warming, but is insignificant to the effects of a Earth changing magnetic field. All those media frenzy about human induce global warming is for the benefit of politicians and business.
Are they going to go back and name the "pre-global warming" fad storms after people who make their living selling global warming? Hugo, Francis, etc?
Since when have storms been getting stronger? I've not seen a bunch of category 6's coming down the pipe.
Just because a storm does more damage because there are more people and stuff in the way does not mean that there are more or worse storms.
Well, gee, lets see... blame everything on mankind... Ok, nevermind that ONE volcano puts out more filth and destruction than all the junk humans do in an entire year. Nevermind that every year we have MORE hurricanes because they keep expanding the tracking (recall when we never tracked Pacific hurricanes or bothered with ones that never came close to the USA?)
Tell y'all what... I have this trashpit, I burn nearly everything in it - glass, aluminum, plastic, food, old oil along with lots of wood debris I collect OH, and I dedicate every burn to Al Gore. Tonight I will do it and dedicate it to all the fake scientists who seek fame, fortune, and money from Global Warming.
If you read two article you will find the cycles of the sun effect global warming with the alignment of the planets and the cycles of Earths polar flip, reduce magnetic field allowing more solar radiation to create cloud cover warms the planet.
The Earth typically has 100k year cycles of global polar magnetic shift, but not always consistent throughout history. It has been noted too, of the Earth having some short times of polar magnetic polar shifts. Currently the Earth hasn't had an polar magnetic polar shift for 700k years and we are over do. When a polar magnetic shift occurs on average it takes about 1000 years to complete, but can be shorter too. During this time the Earth's magnetic field will drop in strength and at times be nothing. The Earth can also have many multiple poplars north and south around the Earth.
Currently the magnetic field of the Earth has been reducing for the last 300 years. The scientific vote is still out if this is really a magnetic polar shift. It correct itself too. Note we are 700k years past do our last magnetic polar shift.
Those links are long winded articles. Please be patient and read them both completely. I hope I provided you some proof.
Funny how the man made climate change religion always pretends people are denying climate change. As we all know and were taught in about 3rd grade, the Earths climate is always changing and has been changing since the beginning of time. They thing we disagree about is the cause of the change. So stop pretending we do not believe in climate change. It is bad form and just makes you look lazy.
Man-made climate change? Let's eliminate the root of the problem...MAN. Oh wait, there already appear to be many global programs to eliminate individuals, societies and cultures. NEver mind.
Congressional aides and science advisors who morph into lobbyists make better namesakes for foul weather than the pols who recruit them.
All manner of phenomena might be rechristened in their honor, from Morano Moraines left behind by retreating glaciers to Soon Simoons & Singer Cyclones exacerbated by CO2 forcing.
Could we do this along with making congressmen wear jerseys with the logos of their top corporate sponsors like Nascar drivers?
All you got is lies, dmned lies and Michael Mann HOCKEY STICKS.
And it's not like you had to change the freaking name OVER AND OVER because your predictions didn't pan out. Now I'm just waiting for you to give it its final name:
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