According to recent scientific research, air pollution may have had a major effect on storm cycles in the North Atlantic. Industrial pollution from North America and Europe may have altered clouds in some ways that cooled the ocean surface. This could have made storms less severe. However, this could all just be coincidental. These less severe storms could be due to clean air acts that reduced pollution around the North Atlantic. Five other scientists not related to this study believe this work to be completely credible. One major issue that was stressed was that this finding does not mean we can stop cleaning up the air.
Atmosphere and Air Pollution