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minimum pressure 882 hPa), the most intense storm Hurricane s and ever in the Gulf of Mexico (Rita, 897 hPa), and the most costly storm on record (Katrina; some estimates Globa l Warming — put the cost of Katrina at as high as $200 billion; see information online at www.rms.com/Publications/ Potentia l Linkages and KatrinaReport_Lessonsandlmplications.pdf). (Please Consequence s see www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2005/ hurricanes05.html for additional details.) The climate is in the process of a rapid warming, caused in part by human activities, including emis- sion of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and aerosols, and —RICHAR D A . ANTHES changes in land use (Houghton et al. 2001; Karl and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Trenberth 2003). These climate changes may well be Boulder, Colorado changing the properties of tropical cyclones, yet the —ROBER T W . CORELL potential relationships between climate change and American Meteorological Society tropical cyclones and the consequences for humans Washington, D.C. have been downplayed or dismissed by a number of —GRE G HOLLAND AND JAMES W . HURRELL recent articles, testimonies, and press releases (e.g., National Center for Atmospheric Research Michaels et al. 2005;1 Pielke et al. 2005; Mayfield Boulder, Colorado 2005). For example, the recent article with the

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