A decade of weather extremes
Hurricane Katrina left widespread destruction and floodings in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Captions: Wikipedia. and Photo source: ©© NOAA
The ostensibly large number of recent extreme weather events has triggered intensive discussions, both in and outside the scientific community, on whether they are related to global warming.
Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental.
From the many single events a pattern emerges. At least for extreme rainfall and heat waves the link with human-caused global warming is clear, the scientists show in a new analysis of scientific evidence in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Less clear is the link between warming and storms, despite the observed increase in the intensity of hurricanes…
Devastating Xynthia storm, March 2010, Vendee, France. The Memory of Risks, Coastal Care
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