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debris covers parts of a highway as hurricane irma lands in delray beach, florida

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame

Once a storm gets to category three it is classed as a major hurricane, with winds of at least 111mph and enough force to damage homes and snap trees. Category five storms, of at least 157mph, can raze dwellings, cause widespread power outages and result in scores of deaths.

indian villagers paddle a boat in the flood-affected morigoan district

2018 was world’s fourth hottest year on record, scientists confirm

World 1.5°F hotter than average set between 1951 and 1980 — current five-year stretch the warmest since records began — Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now collectively the hottest period since modern measurements began. The world …

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Earth’s Devastating Power, Seen by Satellite

Hurricanes, volcanoes, droughts, floods, fires, tsunamis: Satellites capture some of Earth’s most destructive forces — Earth-orbiting satellites can inspire awe of the beauty of our planet and provide breathtaking vantage points from which scientists can study its complicated dynamics. Satellites are cataloging Earth’s changing ice coverage, measuring water content inside leaves, monitoring air pollution, and …

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people in atlantic beach, north carolina watch as hurricane florence threatens the carolinas

Americans’ climate change concerns surge to record levels, poll shows

Total of 72% polled now say global warming is personally important to them, Yale said, as 73% accept it is happening — Americans’ concerns about climate change have surged to record levels, new polling shows, following a year marked by devastating storms, wildfires and increasingly dire warnings from scientists. A total of 72% of polled …

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Stress Testing for Climate Impacts with “Synthetic Storms”

How well would your city weather a hurricane? Digitally “moving” past storms to new locations simulates the effects of extreme weather events on local infrastructure — Increased levels of greenhouse gases and the resulting warming on a global scale are expected to alter local climate- and weather-related risks [Field et al., 2012]. We are seeing …

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Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 years — Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research. More than 90% of the heat trapped by humanity’s greenhouse …

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People power must take on Trump’s climate suicide pact

The US administration, together with Russia and Saudi Arabia, is forming an axis of climate denial. It is down to grassroots movements to stop them — “Moivanna ny tolokandro” was the diagnosis of a single mother I met visiting a remote village in eastern Madagascar. It was the dawn of 2007, and the island-nation was …

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Past four years hottest on record, data shows

World running out of time to combat climate change, warns meteorological organisation — Global temperatures have continued to rise in the past 10 months, with 2018 expected to be the fourth warmest year on record. Average temperatures around the world so far this year were nearly 1°C (1.8°F) above pre-industrial levels. Extreme weather has affected …

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an american flag battered by hurricane michael

Victims of Hurricane Michael are represented by climate deniers

Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow. — Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage. The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars. We know that climate change is making these storms stronger. The storms …

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the overhang of a gas station is toppled over in the aftermath of hurricane michael

‘Like an atomic bomb’: Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation

Florida and Georgia count cost of one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit US as downgraded storm dumps rain on Carolinas — The colossal scale of Hurricane Michael’s deadly trail of carnage through Florida’s Panhandle became clear on Thursday as the waning but still powerful storm lashed the Carolinas before heading east towards the …

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