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Researchers Assert Climate Change Responsible for Unprecedented Heat Waves in U.S. and Europe

A team of weather experts claims that climate change made the current heat waves in the southwest US and southern Europe highly unlikely.

Similarly, their research suggests that the occurrence of a third heat wave in China would have been projected to transpire approximately once every 250 years if global warming had not played a contributing role.

According to Friederike Otto, a climate scientist at Imperial College London who contributed to the new research, which was released on Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution group, “the effect of climate change is absolutely overwhelming” in bringing about all three extremes.

The organization is a loose coalition of climate scientists who research extreme weather and quickly report results about the impact of climate change on significant events. 

Although their study methodologies have been published and subjected to peer review, this particular, quick analysis has not yet gone through the standard academic review procedure.

Past studies conducted by this team have withstood examination after their original publication and were eventually published in significant scholarly journals.

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Experts Warn of Worsening Heat Waves

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A team of weather experts claims that climate change made the current heat waves in the southwest US and southern Europe highly unlikely.

 

According to research, the likelihood of extreme temperatures has increased so much due to global warming that heat waves with the same intensity as those that broke records in July in places like Phoenix, Catalonia, and the Xinjiang region of China could be anticipated once every 15 years in the United States, once every 10 years in southern Europe, and once every five years in China.

Another illustration of how changes in the average global temperature can lead to dangerous new extremes is shown by the analysis. As long as people continue to generate gases that trap heat and rely so largely on fossil fuels, the extremes seen this year are likely to get worse, according to the experts.

The most recent study’s authors included six climate scientists. It examined an 18-day period of extreme heat in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, a seven-day period of extreme heat in Europe, and a 14-day period of extreme heat in China’s lowland areas.

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Source: NBC News

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