Human activity responsible for intense hurricanes

by Anonymous on Sep. 12th, 2006

A new study found a link between human use of fossil fuels and an increase in the severity of hurricanes. The burning of fossil fuels has increased the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has led to the warming of oceans in regions where hurricanes develop. The warmer the ocean water, the more severe the hurricane.

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Megan's picture
Megan says:

Want to learn about how hurricanes work? Check out the Science of Hurricanes.

posted on Tue, 09/12/2006 - 6:10pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Well, that is certainly hotly debated.

posted on Mon, 10/30/2006 - 6:41am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

Global warming is hurting everybody's world.

posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 5:14pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

This morning, I read a New York Times article on hurricanes and global warming ("Will warming lead to a rise in hurricanes?"). It began:

"When people worry about the effects of global warming, they worry more about hurricanes than anything else. In surveys, almost three-quarters of Americans say there will be more and stronger hurricanes in a warming world. By contrast, fewer than one-quarter worry about increased coastal flooding.

But as far as the scientific consensus is concerned, people have things just about backward.

There is no doubt that as the world warms, seas will rise, increasing the flood risk, simply because warmer water occupies more space. (And if the Greenland or Antarctic ice sheets melt, the rise will be far greater.)

It seems similarly logical that as the world warms, hurricanes will be more frequent or more powerful or both. After all, they draw their strength from warm ocean waters. But while many scientists hold this view, there is far less consensus, in part because of new findings on other factors that may work against stronger, more frequent storms."

If you're interested in the debate about whether or not global warming is affecting the frequency and severity of tropical storms, give it a read.

posted on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 2:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Climate change has been present for thousands of years. Humans are not responsible for more intense hurricanes. It is part of the natural cycle.

posted on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 12:00pm

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