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8 ways climate change can kill you

By: Laura Moss on Sept. 24, 2010, noon
tornadoes hitting coastal town

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Extreme weather

Tornadoes, volcanoes and hurricanes, oh my! NASA climate models predict that a warmer planet means more severe storms with strong winds, heavy rain, damaging hail, deadly lightning and increased potential for tornadoes. Over the past century, the number of hurricanes that strike each year has more than doubled, and scientists blame rising sea temperatures.

Melting ice and rising sea levels can also affect the Earth’s crust, causing land to rebound and triggering volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis.