National Geographic: Five of the best

Can you link climate change and extreme weather events? “The evidence of the exceptional climate change in many parts of the world, not least in the world’s oceans, has been documented many times. However,…

National Geographic: Five of the best

Can you link climate change and extreme weather events? “The evidence of the exceptional climate change in many parts of the world, not least in the world’s oceans, has been documented many times. However, there is a link between the rise in Earth’s average temperature during the last few decades and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events that are already present in some regions. A review of scientific research [published in 2013] found that the number of global top-10 severe weather events is 50 percent higher than that of the 50-year average. Also, the number of top-10 large-scale human events increased by 66 percent during the last 20 years. The increased frequency of such events is directly related to human-caused climate change.”

“Nowhere have its effects been as stark as in the US. They have included super storms of hurricane-force wind speed in one of the hottest years in recorded history, extreme droughts and flooding, and an unprecedented rainfall in Houston leading to 40 people drowned and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless and without water.”

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