Intensifying storms? More than half of Grand Bahama Island is under water.

Hurricane Dorian has devastated the islands.

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  • Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahama Islands for nearly two days.
  • Over half of the island was submerged in water.
  • Climate scientists are starting to think that the intensification and length of hurricanes can be traced to climate change.
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Amazon fires are destructive, but they aren’t depleting Earth’s oxygen supply

Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon rainforest does not produce 20% of our planet's oxygen.

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Fires in the Amazon rainforest have captured attention worldwide in recent days. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in 2019, pledged in his campaign to reduce environmental protection and increase agricultural development in the Amazon, and he appears to have followed through on that promise.

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Hurricane Dorian: Why are more extreme storms stalling?

The Category 5 hurricane was moving at speeds of about 1 mph over the Bahamas on Sunday and Monday.

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  • Hurricane Dorian is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, with wind speeds of more than 200 mph.
  • The storm was moving slowly over the Bahamas as a result of clashing high- and low-pressure systems.
  • It's unclear whether climate change is causing shifts in large-scale wind patterns, but scientists generally agree that warmer temperatures are causing storms to become stronger.
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  • The supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park could cause an "ultra-catastrophe," warns an extinction events writer.
  • The full eruption of the volcano last happened 640,000 years ago.
  • The blast could kill billions and make United States uninhabitable.
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