Amer­i­cans blame spike in wild weather on global warm­ing

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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