Researchers say global warming is having little impact on hurricanes

ORLANDO — We're in a busy period of hurricane activity that will inflict unimaginable damage, but global warming is not the cause, leading researchers told the nation's foremost forecasters and other experts Friday.

Chris Landsea, a respected researcher and the National Hurricane Center's science officer, told those at the National Hurricane Conference that there is no conclusive evidence that global warming has significantly enhanced or otherwise affected the number or intensity of hurricanes. "Any trend we see due to global warming has very little impact, has caused very tiny changes, and might actually be slightly reducing the activity we see in the Atlantic,'' Landsea told the group. .

Overall, hurricane seasons will remain relatively active and they will become increasingly costly, researchers said. But that, Landsea and others said, has virtually nothing to do with global warming.

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