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Abstract

Presented on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) on Oct. 9, 2017. Dr. Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at MIT and renowned expert on hurricanes, gave a lecture on the recent tragedies of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In addition, he also presented scientific data to support the theory the severity of these storms can be attributed to the human influence on greenhouse gas warming. Dr. Emanuel reviewed the growing consensus that the strongest storms will increase over time, even though there may be a decline of the far more numerous weaker events. Dr. Emanuel was introduced by Carol Folt, Chancellor of UNC-CH.