Rangoon on List for Big Weather Disasters
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Rangoon on List for Big Weather Disasters

By SETH BORENSTEIN / AP WRITER Thursday, March 29, 2012

A house destroyed by Cyclone Nargis in Rangoon in 2008.
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Last year, the United States set a record for billion-dollar weather disasters, though many were tornadoes, which can't be linked to global warming.

“When you start putting all these events together, the insurance claims, it's just amazing,” Easterling said. “It's pretty hard to deny the fact that there's got to be some climate signal.”

Northeastern University engineering and environment professor Auroop Ganguly, who didn't take part in writing the IPCC report, praised it and said the extreme weather it highlights “is one of the major and important types of what we would call 'global weirding.'” It's a phrase that some experts have been starting to use more to describe climate extremes.

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