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Hurricanes: the science behind the destruction

Hurricanes are among the most dangerous natural phenomena on earth, causing billions of dollars of damage and destroying lives every year. But what turns a peaceful patch of ocean into the planet's most destructive force, and how is this process being affected by climate change?

00:00 - What are tropical cyclones?
00:46 - The history of tropical cyclones
02:06 - How do they form?
04:33 - What happens when they reach land?
07:13 - What is the impact of climate change?

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