"It's the chicken-or-egg riddle of hurricane damage.
Everyone agrees that hurricanes in the United States are causing increasing damage.
But is that because climate change is making storms more destructive by intensifying hurricane winds and rainfall? Or are hurricanes just as powerful as before and more destructive only because there's more property in their path?
A study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says climate change is partly to blame and uses a novel approach to measure hurricane damage."