The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?I've bolded the key sentence. They don't know that there's any connection betwen climate change and hurricanes. They "are still trying to figure it out." Which begs the question:
The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger.
Why exactly is this a news story?