The 5 Cs: Charles, Chocolate, Chickens, and Climate Change
By Lara Hansen and Rachel M. Gregg

What an amazing news day! In a fascinating turn of events, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestlé, declared that climate change is a purely natural occurrence and that taking action to limit it would be assuming ourselves to be God, during the same news cycle that Prince Charles declared those that don't see the need to act to be "the headless chicken brigade."** Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe's statement is interesting in that it overlooks the fact that by his logic, emitting greenhouse gases and changing the atmosphere would already be playing God. However perhaps logic is difficult when you are part of a brigade of headless chickens. Meanwhile a new study in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that the people of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico may have increasingly more opportunities to consider whether hurricanes are an act of God or enhanced by the changing climate.

** No, this is not a lost Monty Python skit, although "Nobody expects the Headless Chicken Brigade!" would be amazing television!