Are more Katrinas in our future? : Discovery News: "Scientific differences over the effect of global warming on hurricanes in the North Atlantic are being resolved, but the news is not so good. While a warming climate is likely to produce fewer hurricanes, more researchers agree now that the storms that do reach hurricane strength more often will be the kind that wrecked New Orleans in 2005.
In fact, new modeling work by U.S. government researchers sees a doubling in the frequency of the most intense and destructive Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes by the end of the century. Other studies show that the top 24 percent of hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. account for 86 percent of all the
Pentagon to rank global warming as destabilising force | Environment | The Guardian: "The Pentagon will for the first time rank global warming as a destabilising force, adding fuel to conflict and putting US troops at risk around the world, in a major strategy review to be presented to Congress tomorrow. The quadrennial defence review, prepared by the Pentagon to update Congress on its security vision, will direct military planners to keep track of the latest climate science, and to factor global warming into their long term strategic planning.
'While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden on civilian institutions and militaries around the world,' said a draft of the review seen by the Guardian..."