Warm­ing cause of dis­as­ters, say most Amer­i­cans

San Francisco Chronicle - - NATION - By Seth Borenstein and Emily Swan­son Seth Borenstein and Emily Swan­son are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers.

WASH­ING­TON — Af­ter hur­ri­canes Har­vey, Irma and Maria blitzed the na­tion, most Amer­i­cans think weather dis­as­ters are get­ting more se­vere and see global warm­ing’s fin­ger­prints.

A new poll from the As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search finds that 68 per­cent of Amer­i­cans think weather dis­as­ters seem to be wors­en­ing, com­pared to 28 per­cent who think they are stay­ing the same and only 4 per­cent who say they are less se­vere.

And 46 per­cent of those who think it’s get­ting worse blame man­made cli­mate change mostly or solely for the wild weather, while an­other 39 per­cent say it’s a com­bi­na­tion of global warm­ing and nat­u­ral vari­abil­ity.

Two-thirds of Amer­i­cans dis­ap­prove of the way Pres­i­dent Trump is han­dling cli­mate change. That’s sim­i­lar to his ap­proval rat­ing over­all.

This year so far has seen 15 weather dis­as­ters that cost $1 bil­lion or more, tied for the most in the first nine months of the year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

An anal­y­sis of 167 years of fed­eral storm data by The As­so­ci­ated Press finds that no 30year pe­riod in his­tory has ex­pe­ri­enced this many ma­jor hur­ri­canes, this many days of those storms spin­ning in the At­lantic, or this much over­all en­ergy gen­er­ated by those pow­er­ful storms.

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