Hurricanes and Tropical Storms


Climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes.

  • Hurricanes form with warm air and warm water. Because climate change will increase global temperature, it creates a breeding ground for more hurricanes.

  • Hurricanes do extensive damage: they can destroy entire towns and cities, displace thousands, and cost billions of dollars in damages.

  • Floods can also have negative effects on human health and agricultural production, and they unfairly affect low-income communities because they don't have the money for repairs.

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Berardelli, Jeff. “How Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes More Dangerous.” Yale Climate Connections. Yale Center for Environmental Communication, Yale School of the Environment, July 8, 2020. https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/07/how-climate-change-is-making-hurricanes-more-dangerous/.

Bhatia, Kieran T, Gabriel A Vecchi, Thomas R Knutson, Hiroyuki Murakami, James Kossin, Keith W Dixon, and Carolyn E Whitlock. 2019. “Recent Increases in Tropical Cyclone Intensification Rates.” Nature Communications 10 (1): 635. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-08471-z.

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Last Updated: May 26, 2021