Are warming seas fuelling fiercer hurricanes?Are warming seas fuelling fiercer hurricanes?

As of 9.45pm (Monday New Zealand time) hurricane Gustav is a category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115mph, touching down on the coast of Louisiana.

For more information on the the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale click here.

The US National Hurricane Center is monitoring Gustav and follow-up storm Hanna with weather maps and regularly updated weather information.

The Pew Center’s hurricanes and climate change FAQ,

Gustav as a portent of wilder weather – speculation rages, no clear answers

AP: Global warming’s toasty water connection to Gustav

The Guardian: Hurricane Gustav: Fuzzy science confounds predictions

The Times: Gustav whipped up by deep waters of the Loop – and more hurricanes on the way

The Independent: A savage force of nature – and mounting evidence they are becoming more violent

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