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July 12, 2020

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Vital Buffers Against Climate Change Are Just Offshore

A new study finds that about 31 million people worldwide live in coastal regions that are 'highly vulnerable' to future tropical storms and sea-level rise driven by climate change. But in some of ...
In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study involving an analysis of ...

Sea Level Rise Could Reshape the United States, Trigger Migration Inland

A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, beyond coastal areas at ...

Hurricanes Drive the Evolution of More Aggressive Spiders

Researchers who rush in after storms to study the behavior of spiders have found that extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones may have an evolutionary impact on populations living in ...
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Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico's trees -- and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a ...

Deltas Help to Decrease Impact of River Flooding

Most coastal cities and ports face a double threat from storm surge and river flooding. Infrastructure development along waterways and sea-level rise increase vulnerability for these communities. ...

Putting a Price on the Protective Power of Wetlands

In coastal communities prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, people typically turn to engineered solutions for protection: levees, sea walls and the like. But a natural buffer in the form of ...

Storm-Induced Sea Level Spikes Differ in Origin on US East, Gulf Coasts

The Gulf Coast, especially New Orleans, is particularly vulnerable to storm surge. As the climate warms, the region will be even more susceptible to extreme storm surges, according to new ...

Children to Bear the Burden of Negative Health Effects from Climate Change

The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a recent ...

Earth's Most Biodiverse Ecosystems Face a Perfect Storm

A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. The study ...

How to Minimize the Impacts of Severe Weather on Wildlife

Data collected are providing crucial new insights for scientists seeking to minimize the impacts of severe weather and climate change on ...

Climate Change Impacted Hurricane Florence's Precipitation and Size

A new modeling framework showed that Hurricane Florence produced more extreme rainfall and was spatially larger due to human-induced climate ...

Human Management Helps Rare Plants, Butterflies Survive Hurricane

Ongoing habitat management could help prevent hurricane-driven extinctions. A rare Florida plant, the pineland croton, weathered the damage from Hurricane Irma better in plots that were under human ...

Applying Physics Principle Yields Grim Prediction on Hurricane Destruction in Era of Global Warming

Global warming could well lead to hurricanes more powerful than meteorologists currently forecast. A physicist noticed that one of the principles of physics -- phase transition -- did not appear in ...

Closing Critical Gap in Weather Forecasting

Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting are hoping that weather conditions 3-to-4 weeks out will soon be as readily available as seven-day forecasts. Having this type of ...

Damaging Rains from Hurricanes More Intense After Winds Begin to Subside

Howling wind drives torrential rain sideways as tall, slender palms bow and tree limbs snap. A hurricane approaches, its gale-force winds wreaking havoc as it nears the coast. Storm surges combine ...

Prayers Can Crowd out Donations for Disaster Victims

A new study finds that people who prayed for hurricane victims before donating gave less than they would have otherwise: Because those who prayed believed that prayers improved the victims' ...

Climate Change Expected to Shift Location of East Asian Monsoons

More than a billion people in Asia depend on seasonal monsoons for their water needs. The Asian monsoon is closely linked to a planetary-scale tropical air flow which, according to a new study, will ...

Hurricanes Have Become Bigger and More Destructive for USA

A new study shows that hurricanes have become more destructive since 1900, and the worst of them are more than 3 times as frequent now than 100 years ago. A new way of calculating the destruction ...

Unexpected Outcomes: Damages to Puerto Rican Coffee Farms from Hurricane Maria Varied

Ecologists have studied Latin American coffee farms for a quarter century, and they tracked the recovery of tropical forests in Nicaragua following 1988's Hurricane Joan for nearly 20 ...

Why Are Big Storms Bringing So Much More Rain? Warming, Yes, but Also Winds

For three hurricane seasons in a row, storms with record-breaking rainfall have caused catastrophic flooding in the southern United States. A new analysis explains why this trend is likely to ...

Living Through Katrina Associated With Higher Death Rate Among Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients who endured Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have a 15% higher mortality rate than those patients not exposed to the storm, according to a ...

Strong Storms Generating Earthquake-Like Seismic Activity

Researcher have uncovered a new geophysical phenomenon where a hurricane or other strong storm can spark seismic events in the nearby ocean as strong as a 3.5 magnitude ...

Study Finds Topsoil Is Key Harbinger of Lead Exposure Risks for Children

Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new ...

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