Climate change made these 17 extreme weather events radically worse
Just as scientists confidently predicted last century, climate change is pushing weather to extremes all over the planet.
A new report, published Monday by the American Meteorological Society, again proves the point. The 100-page report assessed 17 extreme weather events from 2017 — including floods, droughts, and heat waves — and determined global warming either significantly boosted the odds of these events, or simply made such extreme, often deadly events possible in the first place.
“We are in a world that is warmer than in the 20th Century, and we keep moving farther from that baseline,” Martin Hoerling, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientist who worked on the report, said at the 2018 American Geophysical Union conference on Monday. Read more…