Democracy Now! hosts a discussion about the politics of news reporters linking climate change to their coverage of extreme weather events with The Guardian's U.S. environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg and Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground website.
Even though the 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season is off to a fast start--with Tropical Storm Alberto last weekend and the likelihood of a second system along the Southeast coast this week--NOAA predicts a near-normal season overall.
One large-scale factor contributing to a greater intensity of hurricane seasons in recent years is a warm phase of sea-surface temperatures. With warm water being the fuel for hurricanes, this phase produces more, and more intense, hurricanes.