Hurricanes Worsened by Climate Change
This week marks the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Rita, a Category 5 storm, weakened to Category 3 before coming ashore, that caused devastation to East Texas and the city of Houston. It seems fitting that its anniversary also falls on Climate Week, an annual international summit that brings together leaders, activists and non-profit organizations—all calling for greater climate action and climate change commitments.
As our ocean continues to experience the impacts of climate change, we should be prepared for more frequent and even worse storms and hurricanes. It’s important to clarify that climate change does not cause hurricanes, but warmer ocean temperatures and higher sea levels, which are effects of climate change, are expected to increase the intensity and frequency of hurricanes and other types of tropical cyclones, such as typhoons.