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One simple equation explains why experts think monster storms like Hurricane Patricia are just the beginning

Last month, Hurricane Patricia shattered records as the strongest storm ever recorded in the Western hemisphere. Before that, in August, three category 4 hurricanes developed over the Pacific in rapid succession for a display unlike anything we’ve ever seen, shown in the image to the right. And if climate scientists are correct, these monster storms are just a small taste of what is to come. While predicting Earth’s overall climate is a complex and tricky business, the notion that storms are growing ever-stronger is more of a guarantee than a possibility. And the reason comes down to a simple, fundamental equation that’s aided engineers for nearly 200 years…

 

‘The Blob’ warm pool in the Pacific may prolong life of monster El Nino

The Blob

The Blob

The powerful “Great Godzilla” El Nino in the Pacific may last as much as two months longer than expected because of another unusual climate phenomenon scientists have nick-named “The Blob”. First observed in 2013, the huge “blob” of abnormally warm water extends from the Californian coast far into the Pacific. (See chart below from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)…

 

Five of the most common questions about climate change

A CSIRO report this week revealed the close link between an Australian’s political ties and their understanding of climate change. It found that barely one in four Coalition voters accepts climate change is mostly caused by humans, while 59 per cent of Labor voters and more than three-quarters of Greens voters said humans were mostly to blame for the warming planet. The report canvassed five surveys of Australian attitudes between 2010 and 2014 and the diverse results could point to one question: If we are still so divided in our thinking, what do Australians still not know about climate change?…

 

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