28 Sep '12, 12pm

Deadly connection: New report on extreme weather and climate change

Deadly connection: New report on extreme weather and climate change

Climate change is having a steroidal effect on extreme weather. A summer featuring the hottest July on record in the continental United States punctuated a series of costly and deadly weather events. This week, we released a new report, “Going to Extremes: Climate Change and the Increasing Risk of Weather Disasters ” [PDF]. The report looks at the impacts of 2012’s record-breaking heat on agriculture, wildfires, storms, and water levels. The report found the links between extreme weather and climate to be abundant, robust, and well-documented in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Here are a few highlights from our report: Wildfires: This year, wildfires burned more than 8.6 million acres, an area the size of New Jersey and Connecticut combined. Drought : This summer, more than half of the counties in the United States have been designated disaster zones. The 2012 drought is...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/deadly-connection-new-rep...

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