Americans blame spike in wild weather on global warming
WASHINGTON » After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more sever 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 with 28 percent who think they are staying the same and only 4 percent who say they are less severe.
Along wiht the 46 percent who think it's getting worse blame man-made climate change mostly or solely for the wild weather, another 39 percent say it's a combination of global warming and natural variability.
An analysis of 167 years of federal storm data by The Associated Press finds that no 30-year period in history has seen this many major hurricanes, this many days of those storms spinning in the Atlantic, or this much overall energy generated by those power storms.