Climate change ‘to blame’ for rise in hurricanes

The average number of Atlantic hurricanes in a year has doubled over past hundred years, due in part to rising sea temperatures caused by global warming, Reuters reported a study as saying on Sunday.
The study, published online in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, said the increased numbers of tropical storms and hurricanes in the last 100 years is closely related to a 1.3-degree Fahrenheit rise in sea surface temperatures.
From 1900 to 1930, Atlantic hurricane seasons saw six storms on average, with four hurricanes and two tropical storms.
But from 1995 to 2005, the average rose to 15, with eight hurricanes and seven tropical storms, Reuters reported the researchers as saying.