What lessons should we learn from typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda?
For me, it is an example of what the future increasingly holds if we continue to fail to address carbon emissions.
Tropical cyclones are a question for which the science is far from settled, but the current evidence suggests that we may see fewer but stronger cyclones as warming increases, since atmospheric moisture and sea surface temperature both increase in a warmer world, and both fuel cyclonic storms. (On the other hand, wind shear inhibits cyclones, and it should increase with warming, too, which is where the 'fewer' part of the projection comes in.) In addition to this aspect of things, there is some evidence of the occurrence of cyclones much larger and more intense than anything seen today during ancient 'hothouse' episodes, such as the sustained warmth of much of the Cretaceous era. If it happened back then, it could happen again.
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