Hurricanes & Global Warming
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1. How are hurricanes affected by global warming?
There are some different opinions among scientists who study hurricanes about the influence of historical emissions of greenhouse gases on the behavior of tropical cyclones, or as they are called in the Atlantic, hurricanes. Some think that the effect is not discernible, while others believe that they have seen a large effect.
2. What does the peer-reviewed literature say?
There is much less evidence of a debate when one looks to the peer-reviewed literature than if one actually asks different scientists their opinions on the matter. One reason for this is that much of the debate about hurricanes and global warming has to do with what different scientists expect future research to reveal. Research on hurricanes and climate is constantly underway and new studies should be expected every so often.
3. So what should we expect in coming years?
Among just about all scientists there is a strong consensus that the Atlantic basin is likely to see a decade or more of generally active seasons and that the period 1970-1994 is likely to be unrepresentative of future activity.
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