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Climate change is causing hurricanes to intensify faster than ever

Hurricane Ian is strengthening rapidly in the Caribbean as it passes over the ultra-warm waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center had predicted the system would rapidly intensify from a tropical storm to at least a category 4 hurricane in less than 72 hours.

This Sept. 25, 2022 satellite image released by NASA shows Hurricane Ian over Caribbean Sea moving near the Cayman Islands and closer to western Cuba. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

Biden administration launches environmental justice office

Forty years after a predominantly Black community in Warren County, North Carolina, rallied against hosting a hazardous waste landfill, U.S. President Biden's top environment official visited what is widely considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement Saturday to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution.