The Pat Thurston Show: How Global Heating Made Hurricane Dorian Bigger

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“There really is no way to explain what we’re seeing without understanding the impact of climate change,”


Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, explains how climate change has contributed to Hurricane Dorian on the East coast.

There is now a very clear consensus within the scientific community that the warming of the oceans from the accumulating greenhouse gases caused by fossil fuel burning and other human activities is leading to more intense storms. Dorian subjected the Bahamas to a pummeling unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. We expect these storms to continue to increase in intensity and the maximum potential intensity they can reach. The warmer ocean means there’s more moisture in the atmosphere, more of that moisture available to be turned into record rain falls in flooding like we’ve seen in recent years and we’re seeing now with this storm. There really is no way to explain what we’re seeing without understanding the impact of climate change.

Listen to the full conversation below.

 

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