Barbra Streisand’s home in Malibu, Calif.
Despite statements to the contrary from the director of the National Hurricane Center, Barbra Streisand is declaring a “global warming emergency.”
“We are in a global warming emergency state and these storms are going to become more frequent, more intense,” the singer, actress and liberal activist told Diane Sawyer of ABC News.
“There could be more droughts, dust bowls. You know, it’s amazing to hear these facts, I mean, the Andes have no ice caps on the mountains in winter. The glaciers are melting. I mean, for the United States not to be part of the Kyoto treaty is unforgivable,” Streisand, an oceanside resident of Malibu, Calif., added.
“Thank goodness the ‘experts’ are finally weighing in on this issue. I feel much better now,” sarcastically writes one Internet messageboard poster in reaction to Streisand’s remarks.
Streisand’s comments go against the belief of meteorology expert Max Mayfield, head of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
“The 1940s through the 1960s experienced an above-average number of major hurricanes, while the 1970s into the mid-1990s averaged fewer hurricanes,” Mayfield told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction.
“The current period of heightened activity could last another 10 to 20 years or more. This increased activity is due to natural cycles of hurricane activity, driven by the Atlantic Ocean itself along with the atmosphere above it.”
Hurricane forecaster William Gray, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, also said the recent onslaught of storms “is very much natural.”
The theory of global warming has made recent headlines in connection with the recent hurricanes, as some have tried to make the connection between storm intensity and alleged climate change.
Earlier this summer, a study by Swiss and German scientists suggested any heat-up on Earth was being caused not by and man-made activity, but by the sun itself.
“The sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures,” said Dr. Sami Solanki, director of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany.
“The sun is in a changed state. It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently, in the last 100 to 150 years.”