2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. 2020 had the most named storms ever recorded, ten of which were classified as “rapidly intensifying,” a record which occurred only in two other years, 1995 and 2010. […]

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Iota Marks 30 Named Atlantic Storm

Iota Marks 30 Named Atlantic Storm

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Hurricane Iota, the 30th named storm this year, made landfall in Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm. As it continues to move across Central America, it could still bring “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Iota was the […]

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Hurricanes Are Moving Further Inland as Climate Warms

Hurricanes Are Moving Further Inland as Climate Warms

  by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer New research shows that hurricanes are retaining more of their strength after hitting land than they have previously. Hurricanes were once expected to quickly weaken after landfall, but over the past 50 years, the time it takes for hurricanes to dissipate on land has almost doubled.  Researchers say […]

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Massive Storms Hit Philippines and Central American In The Same Week

Massive Storms Hit Philippines and Central American In The Same Week

As Yale Climate Connections reported, Super Typhoon Goni made landfall near Bato, Catanduanes Island, Philippines, at 4:50 a.m. local time on November 1 with sustained winds of 195 mph. Goni was the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone in world recorded history. As Kasha Patel of the NASA Earth Observatory wrote, on Catanduanes Island, where the storm […]

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Study Shows Warming Ocean, Vicious Carbon Cycle

Study Shows Warming Ocean, Vicious Carbon Cycle

A new study found that the ocean is showing signs of intensifying stratification, a phenomenon in which the layers of water in the ocean become more distinct and mix less.

Why This Matters: The mixing of ocean layers is crucial to sea life and human life.

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Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

Public Increasingly Believes In Climate Change, But Trump Voters Less Likely to Heed Warnings

The Yale Climate Communications has released its latest Climate Survey maps and the results show that now the overwhelming majority — 72% of Americans across the country believe climate change is happening and 64% believe that it is affecting the weather.   On the other hand, a study in the journal Science Advances this week also shows, alarmingly, that “likely Trump-voting Florida residents were 10 to 11 percentage points less likely to evacuate Hurricane Irma than Clinton voters (34% versus 45%), a gap not present in prior hurricanes.”

Why This Matters:  The number of Americans who believe in climate change is increasing so there is less reason for partisan division about combatting it.

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