Gallery: Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely Wi...


We would like to think of natural disasters as incidents that occur only once in a blue moon, yet studies show that horribly destructive storms are becoming more common. Research by climatologists recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences compared historical storm surges with a host of climate model predictions. They found that with global warming, more than half of modern Katrina-sized storms are the result of climate change. With an increase of only 0.4 degrees Celsius, the frequency of massive storm surges doubles. If the temperature rises by 2 degrees Cesius, the chance of such catastrophic events will be 10 times more likely to occur.

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  1. bdas44 March 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    With the enormous gas and oil available with hydrofracking and horizontal drilling, there will be no stopping of exponential increases in global temperature much beyond 2 degrees C. Especially when this is combined with projected population growth.

  2. Claire Moloney March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Governor Cuomo of New York has the right idea – he proposed that homes and small businesses that receive federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief must use it to rebuild not only stronger and more-storm resistant, but also greener. The buildings must be rebuilt or retrofitted to meet green building standards. Maybe it’s too late, but it’s at least a step in the right direction – to not only prevent further destruction, but also to prevent further climate damage. Read more here.

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