According to the climate website Carbon Brief the article, “Global increase in major tropical cyclone exceedance probability over the past four decades,” published in PNAS in June of last year, is now the third-most featured paper on climate in 2020. The study, which identifies significant global trends in tropical cyclone intensity over the past four decades, is also listed as #1 for the number of featured news articles (739 articles). Funded by CPO’s Climate Observation and Monitoring (COM) program, the study raised confidence in projections which showed tropical cyclone intensity will increase under continued global warming. According to the study, major tropical cyclones (category 3+) have become 15% more likely at a global level between 1979 and 2017. James Kossin and Kenneth Knapp of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and Timothy Olander and Christopher Velden of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies authored the noteworthy paper.
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