Rapid climate action could save 1.8 billion people from facing tropical storms by end of century, study says. Meeting 1.5C target could save millions from ‘death, strong economic damages and forced migration’, lead scientist tells The Independent. “Rapid climate action can save a lot of people from the effects of tropical cyclones – it can save them from death, strong economic damages and forced migration,” Dr Tobias Geiger, study lead author and climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told The Independent. “We focus on tropical cyclones, but this message holds for all sorts of extreme events.” Science shows that the climate crisis is already altering the magnitude, frequency and behaviour of tropical cyclones. A study published in 2020 found that major tropical cyclones have become 15 per cent more likely over the past four decades. And a second study published last year found global heating is causing hurricanes to stay at their most destructive level for longer.
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