01 Feb '12, 6pm

Top Climate Scientist Says Heat Waves in Texas & Moscow Caused by Global Warming

Top Climate Scientist Says Heat Waves in Texas & Moscow Caused by Global Warming

Sandy Kelly via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Most climate scientists are beyond reluctant to attribute a specific weather event to global warming. But NASA's Dr. James Hansen and two of his colleagues from the Goddard Institute of Space Studies have released a paper linking the heat waves in Moscow and Texas to human-induced climate change. It's an unusual step, and one that could have major implications on how we view changing weather patterns in a world that scientists agree is heating up. Inside Climate News has the story: Most scientists are careful not to link specific weather events to climate change trends, but NASA's James Hansen and two colleagues from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University have taken that plunge. They've gathered data they say shows that the 2011 Texas and Oklahoma heat wave—as well as a deadly Moscow heat in 2010—were "a conse...

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