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From Florence to Mangkhut, climate change is the reason for bad storms

It's no longer an unanswerable hypothetical, like pondering how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, we know a great deal about it - and the answers are troubling

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean heading for the eastern coastline of the United States. Photo: Reuters
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A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018. NASA/Handout via REUTERS

David Fickling | Bloomberg
There’s a familiar refrain that goes up when extreme weather events bear down on population centres, as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut are now doing in the western Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: While carbon emissions from human activity may be causing a general warming, it’s impossible to draw a direct link between any one event and climate change.

That’s a comforting thought. Droughts, hurricanes, floods and heatwaves have been a feature of the global climate since long before humans walked the earth. Who’s to say whether this latest round of disasters is a result of our industrial and agricultural practices, or

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First Published: Sep 17 2018 | 1:46 PM IST

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