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Unpacking the role of climate change in Hurricane Ida's explosive intensification

Data: EPA; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Hurricane Ida jumped from a 105-mph Category Two hurricane on Saturday to a high-end Category 4 monster by Sunday morning, in a feat enabled by climate change, seasonal timing and a dose of bad luck.

Why it matters: Understanding how Mother Nature's most powerful storms are changing is key to learning how to better protect coastal communities around the world — everywhere from the mega-cities of Southeast Asia to the small towns of the Louisiana Bayou.

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