The hurricane season arrives in the summer, and scientists warn that stormier weather awaits us in the future. A conference of climatologists in Australia have predicted an increase in the severity of coastal storms over the next century, as sea levels rise dramatically.

Dr. John Church says that global warming will cause a rise in sea levels anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet over the next 100 years. Higher air temperatures will also cause ocean temperatures to rise.

These factors will increase the frequency of coastal storms, increasing threats to life and property. This is of particular concern in Australia, where most of the population lives near the coast.

We name hurricanes alternately after men and women, moving through each letter of the alphabet. We’ve haven’t reached Zeke or Zelda during a hurricane season yet, but we may in the future.

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