El Niño: Driving even Hotter Temperatures and Dangerous Weather

El Niño refers to a periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean, which can cause widespread changes in weather patterns across the globe. The phenomenon is driven by changes in ocean currents, wind patterns, and air temperatures, and typically occurs every two to seven years, lasting for several months to a year or more.

This year, scientists have officially confirmed the onset of a new El Niño event, with predictions that it will persist well into 2022. While the current El Niño is not expected to be as strong as some of the most severe events of the past few decades, it is still likely to have significant impacts on weather and climate systems in many regions.

One of the most concerning aspects of this year's El Niño is that it is occurring in the context of human-caused climate change. As global temperatures continue to rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, El Niño events are becoming more intense and more frequent, exacerbating the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities around the world.

For example, during an El Niño event, some regions may experience hotter and drier conditions than usual, leading to crop failures, water shortages, wildfires, and other hazards. Other

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