Climate change: hurricanes more powerful

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A new computer modeling work, led by Thomas Knutson of the University of Princeton (New Jersey), the link between global warming and the intensity of future hurricanes. Of course, this study is not the first to predict this kind of result in an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

However, these latest results, published in the Journal of Climate, based on different climate change models developed in laboratories around the world. And whatever the adopted theories, 1300 simulations revealed the same basic trend: hurricanes more powerful. In 2080 the warmer oceans will generate and climatic phenomena never before recorded, with strong winds and heavy rainfall. If the risk of particularly destructive tropical storms are higher, however, the data can not predict if their frequency will increase or decrease, because so many parameters involved. It will take time before the climate lead to more accurate predictions.

NYT 30 / 09 / 04 (Global warming is expected to raise hurricane intensity)

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