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Hurricane Michael Was the Most Devastating Disaster Florida’s Farmers Have Seen in Decades
Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Michael hit the Southeast, reports of its devastation continue to grow. The death toll rose to 45 on Sunday after officials linked six more deaths to the storm. Now, a new study suggests the damage to the land was also severe. Economists from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that the storm caused $158 million in agricultural losses in Florida alone, according to a report published Friday.
The storm wiped out nearly one million acres of crops in “the most serious natural disaster to impact agricultural and natural resources industries in the Florida Panhandle in decades,” Tom Nordlie writes in the study…
Deadly weather may rise 50 percent from now to 2100
Last summer’s unprecedented droughts, heat waves, wildfires, and flooding events in the northern hemisphere have been linked to atmospheric conditions resulting from a rapidly warming Arctic. With continued global warming the conditions that spawn such destructive and prolonged weather extremes will increase 50 percent on average and may increase as much as 300 percent, a new study in the journal Science Advances has revealed.
The wildfires in California and the heat wave in Europe were the worst ever. The unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic and flooding in Japan are also all connected to a slower jet stream that locks weather systems into place, says climate scientist Michael Mann from Pennsylvania State University, lead author of the study…