Scientists attribute extreme weather to man-made climate change


The UK Guardian has the article Scientists attribute extreme weather to man-made climate change.

Last year’s record warm November in the UK – the second hottest since records began in 1659 – was at least 60 times more likely to happen because of climate change than owing to natural variations in the earth’s weather systems, according to the peer-reviewed studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US, and the Met Office in the UK. The devastating heatwave that blighted farmers in Texas in the US last year, destroying crop yields in another record “extreme weather event”, was about 20 times more likely to have happened owing to climate change than to natural variation.

I don’t purport to have the expertise to pass judgment on this story.  I am sure the story will raise controversy from the miniscule number of “authorities” who are climate change deniers.  The deniers may even be right, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I’d be hesitant to bet the farm on the validity of the human caused global warming claims either.  However, it would make sense to take reasonable steps to diminish human caused global warming.


July 11, 2012

The Boston Globe gave this story the headline, Not all weather woes are tied to climate change. Who says you can’t squeeze your political views into the headline of a news story?

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