Global warming might increase the number of tropical cyclones in other parts of the world but reduce them in the Atlantic due to weakening circulation
In parts of the world, tropical cyclones could become both more intense and more frequent as the planet heats up. But in the Atlantic, where these storms are called hurricanes, there might be fewer because of a weakening of a key ocean current.
“You could argue that this is some good news, but the negative effects of climate change are devastating,” says René van Westen at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
At present, warm water from the tropical Atlantic flows north …