Limiting warming to 1.5°C might save billions from tropical storms

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Cyclone Bulbul heading towards India and Bangladesh in November 2019

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Some 1.8 billion fewer people will experience one or more tropical storms in their lifetimes if we limit global warming this century to 1.5°C instead of letting temperatures rise to 3.1°C above pre-industrial levels.

Right now, about 150 million people experience the effects of one or more cyclones each year – with those living in countries including Bangladesh and Myanmar particularly likely to do so.

“Tropical cyclones are one of the most damaging impacts of climate change and knowing specifically …

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