Extreme weather

Irma’s destructive path – in pictures

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Over the course of the last week, Hurricane Irma has been given a range of categories ranging from one to five, has left a devastating trail in its wake. From the Caribbean via the Virgin Islands to Florida in the US, the evidence and the impacts are there for all to see as these images showcase. While the formation of Hurricane Irma cannot be blamed on climate change, it is likely that the strength of it can. Due to climate change, the warmer waters of the Caribbean Sea quite likely contributed to the fact that it strengthened into a category 5 hurricane. Climate scientists say much more of this is in store in the future if we do not drastically start reducing our CO2 emissions.

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