Gallery: Air Pollution Causing Stronger Cyclones in the Middle East and...


In recent years, the Middle East and South Asia have been hit by several very destructive storms. While the region is often beset by such occurrences, a new study believes that air pollution caused by soot and aerosol emissions in developing countries is making cyclones much more destructive. The study, that was published in Nature magazine last week, stated that emissions caused by burning fossil fuels ‘interfere’ with wind patterns and, as a result, reduces wind shear. This allows cyclones to grow in size and become more destructive, when wind shear would normally ‘tear them apart’ when they reach a certain size.

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