Is the Atlantic hurricane season getting worse (and is climate change to blame)?

With Cuba and Florida left shivering afterwards Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in September 2022 and was one of the region’s most powerful and destructive storms in decades, it is tempting to attribute the slaughter of another deadly hurricane season to climate change. But is climate change to blame? Recent studies have linked climate change to the environmental conditions that fuel hurricane season, but the link between global warming and individual hurricanes is far from scientific knowledge.

While there is overwhelming evidence that human activities have directly caused sea level rise and global warming – both factors that make hurricanes more deadly – it remains unclear whether climate change fuel a significant increase in the number of hurricanes or intensify landfalling tropical storms.

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