Jul 14, 2016

Tropical cyclones on track to grow more intense as temperatures rise: Aerosols have compensated for greenhouse gases, but won't in future

Fujian
China
by
Science Daily
NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Super Typhoon Nepartak approaching Taiwan on July. Image: NASA
NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Super Typhoon Nepartak approaching Taiwan on July. Image: NASA

Powerful tropical cyclones like the super typhoon that lashed Taiwan with 150-mile-per-hour winds last week and then flooded parts of China are expected to become even stronger as the planet warms. That trend hasn't become evident yet, but it will, scientists say...]Over the past century, tiny airborne particles called aerosols, which cool the climate by absorbing and reflecting sunlight, largely cancelled out the effects of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions when it came to tropical storm intensity, according to a new scientific review paper published this week in the journal Science[1]