Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Study: MORE, BIGGER Hurricanes as Earth Warms

A new study is out and says that the warming of the planet will produce MORE Hurricanes in the coming years. And the warmer air will produce stronger storms as well...Details at this link:


The study says, in short: "
The world could see as many as 20 additional hurricanes and tropical storms each year by the end of the century because of climate change, says a study out today.
The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), written by top climate researcher Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On average, about 90 tropical cyclones form each year around the world, Emanuel says. ("Tropical cyclone" is an umbrella term that includes hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones, which are all the same type of storm that have different labels depending on where they form.)
One of the biggest debates in the climate change research community in recent years has been the projected impact of global warming on hurricanes. Will it make them stronger? More frequent? Longer lasting?
Emanuel's study used six newly upgraded global climate computer models to simulate future hurricane activity around the world. His study found that these killer storms will not only increase in intensity during the 21st century, as many previous studies had predicted, but will also increase in frequency in most locations."

So, building owners will need to "armor their glass" - the weakest link of every building. Breach of windows by windborne debris is what leads to structural failure - and internal damages from rain, etc.

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