Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?

California is contending with some of the deadliest fires in state history as wildfires burn across the western United States.

Meanwhile, four hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate — have made landfall in the U.S. this year, the first time in more than a decade that so many have done so.

Extreme events have been hitting the the country from all sides. To what extent does climate change influence them?

Here are a few ways researchers think that climate change’s effects could play out.

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