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Preventing water crises

Hurricanes likely to intensify with climate change

Dorian has gone down in history as the most destructive hurricane of all times, but experts warn that global warming is expected to keep increasing the number of very intense, category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the near future.

Climate researchers still don’t know whether global warming increases the total number of hurricanes, but it is certainly probable that the ferocity of the storms is increased by warmer oceans and higher water levels, so we can exp ect them to do more damage than usual when they make landfall.

“…  there is more heat in the ocean
in a warmer climate. And this heat is essentially the fuel for the hurricanes.
(… ) warmer water evaporates more easily, and when water vapour gets sucked into the storm and becomes
rain, it makes the storm more intense,” explained Timothy M. Hall, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies to Euronews.

Warmer oceans and seas also imply more precipitation: according to forecasts, rainfall during the storms will increase by about 20 percent, which may also cause serious damage.

Humanity is expected to face increasingly destructive hurricanes in the near future Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Euronews

Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones – what’s the difference?

As a result of climate change, humanity is expected to face growing numbers of destructive storms in the future.

An important agricultural region is the latest victim of climate change

The rising sea levels and melting permafrost caused by climate change are causing crisis situations in a number of places around the world, resulting in tens of thousands of people having to leave their homes, while important agricultural areas also fall victim to the changes.

A new sign of the climate crisis: tens of thousands of meltwater lakes were found in Antarctica

Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.

The moment caught in the act – Ice melting through the eyes of a nature photographer

“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine. It’s the place where we can see and touch and hear and feel climate change in action.” Internationally recognised nature photographer James Balog believes it is extremely important to pay attention to the processes underway in the polar regions.

State of emergency declared in Montana due to early snow

Massive snowstorms hit a number of north-western and northern states of the USA on 29 September.

Monsoon claims over a hundred lives in India

Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.

Mont Blanc glacier in Italy threatened to collapse

On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.

Tropical storm batters Houston

More than a thousand people were evacuated or rescued in Houston, Texas, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States on 19 September due to Tropical Storm Imelda.

Caribbean tunes born in a storm

Due to their geographical position, the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The documentary entitled 1.5 Stay Alive showcases the sensitive and risky symbiosis between people living in the Caribbean Region and the water that surrounds them.

Events of flood in Europe on the increase say researchers

Climate change is expected to cause the number of extreme floods along the shores of Northern Europe to increase.