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Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Do you think global warming is behind the recent freakish weather?


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Robert Ouderk
Tourist, 36
There are about a million things that influence typhoons. In every year there is something extreme in the weather. If you talk to old people on any continent, they say what's been happening in the last 10 years they've never seen before. There are things changing fast.

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Natsu Aota
Shop assistant, 26
The typhoons aren't because of global warming. This year is not normal. The weather is strange all over the world, not because of industry, but the earth is getting warmer naturally.

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Tim Wagner
Media producer, 24
I guess in general I would say yes. Japan probably shares more responsibility than people think. It's home to something like 40 or 60 percent of the world's incinerators. People think they're recycling, but they're not.

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Mario Niccoli
Accountant, 43
Absolutely. I know it's the same in North America, where they're experiencing more frequent hurricanes. I have no idea why, but certainly something is amiss because it's happening more frequently and more violently.

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Yoshie Taira
30
My opinion is based on what I've seen on the news, but I've also been reading a lot of books on history, religion and evolution lately. This year was supposed to be a bad year, but global warming also has something to do with it.

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Nick Horton
Finance, 33
I'm guessing definitely there is climate change, but whether this year's typhoons are due solely to that I'm not so sure. Certainly the intensity could be due to global warming, but not the number.



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