COM ME he December 2004 issue of BAMS contains an Clarifying the Attribution article warning of the threats o f abrupt climate change (Epstein and McCarth y 2004 , hereafter of Recent Disaster Losses: EM04) . The article seeks to raise awareness of the risks of an abrupt change in climate related to hu- A Response t o Epstein ma n influences on the climate system, but, in doing and McCarthy so it repeats a commo n factual error. Specifically, it identifies the recent growth in economic damages associated with weather and climate events, such as —ROGER A . PIELKE JR. Hurricane s Mitch and Jeanne and tornadoes in the Universit y of Colorado/CIRES, Boulder , Colorado United States, as evidence o f trends in extreme events, —SHARDUL AGRAWALA arguing "the rising costs associated with weather vol- OEC D Environmental Directorate, atility provide another derived indicator of the state Paris, France o f the climate system .. . the economic costs related —LAURENS M . BOUWER Institut e fo r Environmental Studies (IVM), to more severe and volatile weather deserves mention Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, as an integral indicator of volatility." Although the Amsterdam ,
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