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Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

hurricane harvey
POWERFUL CYCLONE. Strong winds batter seaside houses ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

What’s missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past, the kind of decades-long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence

PARIS, France (Aug. 28, 2017) — Scientists freely acknowledge they don’t know everything about how global warming affects hurricanes like the one pummeling southeast Texas. Continue reading Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

flood waters submerging part of a highway
SUBMERGED. This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. Queensland Police Service

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the damage bill could reach Aus$1 billion (US$770 million)

SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 3, 2017) — A “gut-wrenching” clean-up was in full swing Monday, April 3, as floodwaters receded across parts of Australia devastated by a cyclone, with residents and business owners returning to thick mud, piles of debris and ruined property. Continue reading Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after ‘strongest ever’ cyclone

cyclone winston
DEADLY STORM. On February 19, 2016, at 01:15 UTC, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean. Credits: NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA
‘It is being described as one of the most powerful in recorded history… as a nation, we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind,’ Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says

SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 21, 2016) — Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday, February 21, after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing five people and crippling vital infrastructure.

Continue reading Death toll rises as Fiji cleans up after ‘strongest ever’ cyclone