Yes, Climate Change Did Affect Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian, one of the five most powerful U.S. hurricanes, killed dozens and cost billions, all with climate change in the background.

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Hurricane Ian proved to be a catastrophe, causing several dozen casualties, millions of power outages, and billions of dollars in damage. Based on wind speed, it was one of the five most powerful hurricanes in recorded history to hit the United States. And though there seemed to be some confusion on this point stemming from a viral CNN clip from September 27th, climate change did play a role. Ethan breaks down the story of Hurricane Ian, the ensuing media chaos, and some key takeaways in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Maddy Schmidt

Fact Checker: Ysabel Wulfing

Editor: Megan Antone

Producers: Ethan Brown, Megan Crimmins, Shannon Damiano, Maddy Schmidt

Ad Voiceover: Will Andronico

Music: Brett Sawka

The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the host and guests. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Peril and Promise or The WNET Group.

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