Human-caused climate change is influencing heat waves

September 29, 2014 4:06 PM

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Human-caused climate change is influencing heat waves

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Climate change caused by humans has greatly increased the risk of heat waves, according to a series of studies published Monday by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. But the connection of human-sparked climate change to other severe weather events, such as droughts and heavy rains, was less clear.

The “nine analyses of extreme heat events overwhelmingly showed that human-caused climate change is having an influence,” four scientists wrote in their summary of the studies. “In some cases, events have become as much as 10 times more likely due to the cumulative effects of human-induced climate c...

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