Study Finds Cleaner Air Leads to More Atlantic Hurricanes

Extreme drought: millions of Kenyans going hungry

Like its neighbours in the horn of Africa, Kenya is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million people are suffering from starvation.

According the UN, over 15 million people are facing severe water shortages and acute food insecurity in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a number which could reach 20 million if these conditions persist.

A UN humanitarian official went to the northerwest region of Turkana and insisted on the need to support the population. “The world’s attention is elsewhere and we know that. And the world’s misery has not left Turkana, and the world’s rains have not come to Turkana. And we have seen four successive failures of the rains, we fear a fifth. And the result is that these families, who have been kind enough to talk to us today, have nothing left, said Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, They have no animals. They try to get food by making brooms that can’t sell. The only food available for their children is sometimes for the schools, but to send a child to school you have to go six kilometers to get water so that the child can take water to the school…READ ON

Study Finds Cleaner Air Leads to More Atlantic Hurricanes

Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found.

“In the Atlantic, aerosol pollution peaked around 1980 and has been dropping steadily since. That means the cooling that masked some of the greenhouse gas warming is going away, so sea surface temperatures are increasing even more.”

Hiroyuki Murakami, NOAA hurricane scientist

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study links changes in regionalized air pollution across the globe to storm activity going both up and down. A 50% decrease in pollution particles and droplets in Europe and the U.S. is linked to a 33% increase in Atlantic storm formation in the past couple decades, while the opposite is happening in the Pacific with more pollution and fewer typhoons, according to the study published in Wednesday’s Science Advances.

NOAA hurricane scientist Hiroyuki Murakami ran numerous climate computer simulations to explain change in storm activity in different parts of the globe that can’t be explained by natural climate cycles and found a link to aerosol pollution from industry and cars — sulfur particles and droplets in the air that make it hard to breathe and see…READ ON

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