A new study by a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that over the past seven decades, tropical cyclones have slowed down near coastlines around the world.
The findings published in the journal Nature describe a clear link between climate change and the behavior of these severe storms — with potentially devastating consequences for the people that live near them.
According to overwhelming scientific consensus, the climbing average global temperature over the past century has been fueled largely by human activities that have released heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Among its negative effects, that rising heat has been linked to the melting of glaciers, the creeping rise of oceans, the bleaching of corals, the spread of human diseases and the worsening of drought.
Scientists have also been trying to understand the link between global warming and the behavior of extreme weather events, such as the hurricanes that pound Atlantic coastlines during the summer and fall.