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How Climate Change is Fueling Hurricanes and Wildfires


August 30, 2020

NPR - NPR's Michel Martin speaks with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about how climate change can make natural disasters, including Hurricane Laura and the wildfires in California, more severe.


Last week, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as one of the strongest storms to hit the region in decades. To be clear, scientists say climate change doesn't cause a weather event, but it is playing a role in increasing the severity of them. To understand why, we called climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

KATHARINE HAYHOE: In a warmer world, hurricanes are not getting more frequent, but they are getting stronger. They're intensifying faster. They're getting bigger and slower. And they have a lot more rainfall associated with them than they would have 50 or 100 years ago.

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