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.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
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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