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You know who believes in climate change? INSURANCE AGENCIES

 
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06/17/2012 04:45 AM
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You know who believes in climate change? INSURANCE AGENCIES
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There is a strong probability that climate change is influencing certain extreme weather events.

As leading scientists at Big Ten universities, that's what we know.

We're not alone. Insurance industry leaders think so, too, and they have been meeting with U.S. senators to call for action.

The extreme weather events with huge costs thus far in 2012 unfortunately reflect a growing recent trend. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, there were 100- or 500-year floods in Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In April 2011, the nation suffered through 875 tornadoes; the previous one-month record was 542 tornadoes.

As the climate changes, the normal cycles of our Earth become altered. Whether from human-related or natural causes, the shifts in temperature associated with the changing climate can alter the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, and this can increase the probability for extreme weather. Some evidence can be found by looking at the ratio of extreme highs and lows in U.S. weather over the past 50 years.

In the 1950s, our country had about the same number of extreme heat events as it did extreme cold. That is, the probability of an extraordinarily cold January day was as likely as an excessively hot July day. By the 2000s, however, we were twice as likely to see an extreme high in our weather report as we were an extreme low.

Scientific models are starting to suggest that disasters like the 2010 Russian heat wave, which resulted in the loss of 50,000 lives and billions of dollars of wheat crops, were likely related to human-induced climate change.
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Re: You know who believes in climate change? INSURANCE AGENCIES
Juu shyster insurance scammers wishing to further fuck over their customers... no, it couldn't be that. Those slimeball fuckers will use any excuse to get a new rate increase through.

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