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Watch Out: Climate Change Making Lightning Worse

Study says lightning strikes could increase by 50% this century

As if stronger and more frequent hurricanes weren’t enough, there’s another catastrophe that’s getting worse thanks to climate change: lightning.

As reported by Bloomberg, a study in the journal Science says that “all that extra energy and moisture in the atmosphere these days may mean more lightning.”

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The study’s authors say that lightning strikes over the continental U.S. could increase by 50 percent this century.

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Watch for a special report on lightning risks in our November issue, online and in your mailboxes soon.

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