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Scientists have built consensus around the probability that more powerful floods, fires, droughts and storms will occur with higher frequency as the Earth gets hotter.

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Flooded houses Houses at the Highland Glen subdivision stand in floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. A deluge of rain and rising floodwaters left Houston immersed and helpless, crippling a global center of the oil industry and testing the economic resiliency of a state that’s home to almost 1 in 12 U.S. workers. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Human activity is making hurricanes worse, according to a pair of studies published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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