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Did the Science Change? NOAA Study Finds Cleaner Air Leads to More Atlantic Hurricanes


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

Got that?

Cleaner air means more hurricanes.

It appears the science has changed.

Oh, the irony!

As any “woke” environmentalist or climate activist will tell you, man made climate change/global warming is definitely the sole, if not major driving cause behind hurricanes occurring with increased frequency and in larger sizes.

AP reported:

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.

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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.

Scientists had long known that aerosol pollution cools the air, at times reducing the larger effects of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuel and earlier studies mentioned it as a possibility in increase in Atlantic storms, but Murakami found it a factor around the world and a more direct link.

Hurricanes need warm water — which is warmed by the air — for fuel and are harmed by wind shear, which changes in upper level winds that can decapitate storm tops. Cleaner air in the Atlantic and dirtier air in the Pacific, from pollution in China and India, mess with both of those, Murakami said.

Zero Hedge added:

Aerosol pollution peaked around 1980, the report says, and has been falling since. This means that cooling that masked some greenhouse gas warming is going away and sea surface temperatures are again rising. It has also pushed the jet stream north, the report says.

Climate and hurricane scientist Jim Kossin told AP: “That’s why the Atlantic has gone pretty much crazy since the mid-90s and why it was so quiet in the 70s and 80s.” He said the aerosol pollution “gave a lot of people in the 70s and 80s a break, but we’re all paying for it now.”



 

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