Expect to see more and more stories like this as extreme weather events around the world raise eyebrows with increasing frequency.
Heat waves and extreme rainfall in the past decade are probably linked to global warming, according to a study by scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
“For some types of extreme, notably heat waves but also precipitation extremes, there is now strong evidence linking specific events or an increase in their number to the human influence on climate,” the scientists wrote in a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The past decade included Europe’s hottest summer in at least 500 years in 2003, according to the scientists. 2010 brought western Russia’s hottest summer in centuries and record rain in Pakistan and Australia, they wrote. Japan and some U.S. states registered all-time-high rainfall last year, while the Yangtze River basin in China had a record drought. [...]
The recent high incidence of weather records is “no longer normal,” according to Dim Coumou, the lead author of the study.
Does this mean Europe, Russia, Pakistan, and Australia are part of the vast liberal conspiracy?
Another report making its way around the intertubes today suggests that it may be too late to reverse global warming, and given the pace at which congress acts it seems likely, however that doesn’t mean we should continue to make things worse.
It’s snowing! In Winter! Where’s the global warming!? -Sean Hannity