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Is Climate Change Supercharging Hurricanes?

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  • This engaging PBS video answers the question: "Is climate change supercharging hurricanes?" 
  • The video clearly explains the relationship between rising temperatures and the increase in the severity of hurricanes. 
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  • The video uses engaging graphics and imagery to ensure students understand the content. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of climate change. 
  • There is an advertisement at the end of the video. The video content ends at 2 minutes and 43 seconds. 


Scientist Notes
Attribution studies are a branch of climate science that look at individual weather events and attribute their strength to climate change. This PBS video explains how climate change made Hurricane Harvey worse. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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      • 7.ESS3.2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
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