From Trust.org: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/experts-demystify-link-between-extreme-weather-and-climate-change
July 11, 2011
LONDON (AlertNet) - Scientists tackled the highly debated, and somewhat perplexing, relationship between climate change and weather disasters at the recent launch of a U.S. magazine series on the subject, concluding that an indisputable connection exists between the two.
“The link between climate change and extreme weather is not so much theoretical as observational,” Fred Guterl, executive editor of monthly magazine Scientific American, told reporters on a conference call late last month. “It’s possible to look at this and really begin to see, in a way that you can measure, that this is not really just business as usual in terms of weather. There really is a climate signal.”
The three-part series in Scientific American by science journalist John Carey was funded by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which is based in Arlington, Virginia.
In conjunction, Pew Center experts Jay Gulledge and Dan Huber have released a report that attempts to demystify the impacts of climate change on global weather conditions, and were also on hand to discuss their findings.
Gulledge explained to journalists that much of the confusion surrounding global warming and extreme weather events - including floods, droughts and heat waves - stems from the public's desire for definitive cause-and-effect answers and scientists' unwillingness to provide them.