Air pollution can increase cyclone intensity

New research has found that air pollution is making cyclones in the Arabian Sea more intense.

Prevailing wind patterns normally stop cyclones in the Arabian Sea from becoming major storms. But weakening wind patterns in the past 30 years have been found to correspond with a buildup of aerosols in the atmosphere over India.

The aerosol buildup – created by smog from diesel emissions, soot and other biomass burning – creates formations known as atmospheric brown clouds which are significant enough to affect regional climate.

Read more at National Science Foundation (USA)