Thursday, March 29, 2012


Stronger storms and hurricanes

The severity of storms such as hurricanes and cyclones is increasing, and research published in Nature found:
“Scientists have come up with the firmest evidence so far that global warming will significantly increase the intensity of the most extreme storms worldwide. The maximum wind speeds of the strongest tropical cyclones have increased significantly since 1981, according to research published in Nature this week. And the upward trend, thought to be driven by rising ocean temperatures, is unlikely to stop at any time soon.”

Scientific research indicates that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense — lasting longer, unleashing stronger winds, and causing more damage to coastal ecosystems and communities.
Scientists point to higher ocean temperatures as the main cause, since hurricanes and tropical storms get their energy from warm water. As sea surface temperatures rise, developing storms will contain more energy.
At the same time, other factors such as rising sea levels, disappearing wetlands, and increased coastal development threaten to intensify the damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms.


"Global Warming Equals Stronger Hurricanes -- Meteorologists Find That Increased Ocean Temperatures Cause Increasingly Intense Hurricanes."Science Daily: News & Articles in Science, Health, Environment & Technology. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. <http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/0204-
global_warming_equals_stronger_hurricanes.htm>.

"Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes? - TIME." Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. <http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1839281,00.html>.

7 comments:

  1. I never thought about how the severity of storms has been getting worse. I have never really paid much attention to hurricanes, but now that I know it's linked to climate change I think I should start paying more attention.

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    1. Yes, we certinaly need to start paying more attention to storms. The last thing we need is being caught off guard by a giant storm.

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    2. Living in Maine I don't think many people know a lot about tropical storms because they rarely happen. People need to be informed.

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  3. That's a very scary reality that as our climate gets worse, so do our storms. It does make sense however. Just another reason why we need to reduce our CO2 emissions in our atmosphere.

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    1. We really do need to reduce our CO2 emission. Hopefully with the addition of alternate energy we can ruduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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  4. I had no idea that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense. I knew it had many effects but I didn't know that was one of them.

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