Extreme weather explicitly blamed on humans for the first time

This article points to evidence that humanity is the cause of extreme weather. It discusses 3 studies that make the link between global warming and: (1) the 2016, the hottest year on record ; (2) heatwaves that gripped much of southeast Asia in 2016; and (3) marine warming in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea that began in 2014 and climaxed in 2016. Here is a quote from the article:

Now, for the first time, climate researchers are reporting that some weather events would have been outright impossible without the warming influence of humanity’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

This kind of confident assertion rarely makes its way into the scientific literature. Yet it appeared in three studies included in a special annual edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) dedicated to attributing the causes of extreme weather events. If these results hold up, the implications would be profound and unsettling: humanity has already pushed the global climate into a new regime. To be clear, natural variability will always have a major role, but the blame for some of the most extreme weather phenomena — as well as some of the resulting impacts — would rest squarely on our own shoulders.”

 

Comments are closed.