A study released by Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea of the National Center for Atmospheric Research reports that global warming is the cause of the massive increase in the number North Atlantic hurricanes. The study is in direct opposition to earlier studies which have posited that the increase was due to natural oceanic cycles of warming and cooling.
The study's detractors retort that scientists haven't been studying hurricanes long enough to make a true assessment, especially as several hurricanes were unreported in earlier periods. However, Trenberth and Shea factored on average 3 missed hurricane per year and still found the same scenario.
I wonder how the displaced citizens of New Orleans fell about the reality that our disharmony with our environment was the backdrop to racist governmental mismanagement of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Or what the families of victims of recent hurricanes in Haiti or the Dominican Republic would insist must be done. The most serious consequences of global irresponsibility are often foisted upon those least able to respond to them. As we continue to look at "nature" as an entity outside of ourselves, we'll continue to suffer. The Ma'atian ideal must be sought for remedy.