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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:22 PM


Physics professor: Past decade ‘hottest ten years ever recorded’

This past year’s seemingly endless stream of catastrophic storms wasn’t just a media narrative, according to Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York.

On CBS This Morning on Thursday, Kaku discussed 2012′s “wacky weather” and how global warming, which creates more energy circulating on the planet, exacerbates destructive tornadoes, storms, hurricanes and even forest fires.

“You look at the weather patterns over the last year, and they all seem wild, extreme. What was driving that?” asked anchor Rebecca Jarvis.

“Well, when you look outside you say, ‘The weather’s on steroids,’” Kaku said. “But there’s no single aha moment where you can say, ‘Aha, this is what’s driving the whole thing.’ But what you can say is that the Earth is heating up. Which means more moisture going into the air. And when moisture collides with cold air from Canada, watch out. That’s what’s driving hurricanes and tornados and droughts and even forest fires in Texas, for example.”

He said that 2012 “could go down as one of the hottest years ever recorded in the history of science. The last ten years goes down as the hottest ten years ever recorded in the history of science. And that means more wacky weather.”


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