Droughts and Heat Waves

Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?

Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?

With Hurricane Irma smashing into Florida so soon after Hurricane Harvey flooded southeastern Texas — and as wildfires burn through the western United States — extreme events have been hitting the U.S. from all sides. To what extent does climate change influence them?

Here are a few ways researchers think that climate change’s effects could play out.

Hurricanes

SEA LEVEL RISE AND STORM SURGE: As sea levels continue to rise due to global warming, they’re increasing the risk of storm surge — the dangerously high floods caused by a storm pushing water onshore. Those floodwaters are responsible for much of the damage left by hurricanes — particularly in...

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