Scientist Explores Links Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Extreme weather events around the world during the summer of 2010, ranging from devastating flooding in Pakistan to a deadly heat wave in Russia, have many people asking if climate change is now influencing daily weather patterns. After all, scientific assessments of climate change, including the 2007 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have stated that climate change increases the odds of certain extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainfall. Still, the science of climate change attribution is an emerging field, with research programs just getting underway in the U.S. and other countries.


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