Climate change may be behind fierce storms
04/29/2014 11:15 AM
04/29/2014 7:57 PM
Tornado season tends to stretch from March to June in the Midwest, and this year the area is getting hit with violent storms.
Tornadoes this week hit in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Alabama and Oklahoma killing several people and doing tens of millions of dollars in property damage. Areas that had been hit in years past are suffering storm damage again.
It is an indication of the effects of climate change. Fossil fuel consumption generates more greenhouse gas, which warms the planet, melts polar ice, increases sea levels and creates more moisture in the air.
That also happens to radicalize weather patterns making droughts more severe and storms more fierce and unpredictable. The calm may only return if fossil fuel consumption is greatly reduced worldwide and people turn to more green sources of energy.
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