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Increasing Vulnerability to Hurricanes: Global Warming Must Be Factored Into Hurricane and Coastal Planning

  • National Wildlife Federation Staff
  • Aug 21, 2008

While Florida and Gulf Coast residents bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Fay, the latest science connecting hurricanes and global warming suggests more is yet to come: tropical storms are likely to bring higher wind speeds, more precipitation, and bigger storm surge in the coming decades.

We must get at the root of the problem and reduce the global warming pollution that fuels stronger storms and leads to increasing sea level.

How can we prepare for future hurricanes and reduce the risk?

  • Reduce global warming pollution to minimize future hurricane risk.
  • Restore and increase protection for coastal wetlands, lowlands, and barrier islands.
  • Take global warming into account when choosing where to build.
  • Take global warming into account when choosing how to build.

Global warming must be factored into hurricane and coastal planning: Over this century, maximum windspeeds could increase 13 percent and rainfall could increase 31 percent.

Increasing Vulnerability to Hurricanes: Global Warming Must Be Factored Into Hurricane and Coastal Planning

This report suggests getting to the root of the problem and reduce the global warming pollution that fuels stronger storms and leads to increasing sea level.

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