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2020 Hurricane Season Highlights Need to Act on Climate, Protect Coastal Communities

“This hurricane season has already broken numerous records—and now Zeta is threatening the Gulf Coast once again."

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the formation of Tropical Storm Zeta, 2020 has tied 2005 as the most active hurricane season on record.

“Climate change is making hurricanes more powerful and more destructive than ever, with faster winds, more rain, and higher storm surges,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “This hurricane season has already broken numerous records—and now Zeta is threatening the Gulf Coast once again. 

“We cannot wait any longer to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change and to bolster the resilience of vulnerable communities by restoring coastal defenses, better preparing communities for extreme weather, and preventing catastrophic toxic releases during storms.”

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