WASHINGTON (AP) — A study of a dozen of last year’s wildest
weather events found that in about half the cases, manmade global warming
increased the likelihood of their occurrence.
Researchers with the U.S. and British governments concluded
that the other cases reflected the random freakiness of weather.
They said climate change had made these events more likely:
U.S. heat waves, Superstorm Sandy flooding, shrinking Arctic sea ice, drought in
Europe’s Iberian Peninsula and extreme rainfall in Australia and New Zealand.
They found no connection for the U.S. drought, Europe’s
summer extremes, a cold spell in the Netherlands’ winter, drought in eastern
Kenya and Somalia, floods in northern China and heavy rain in southwestern
The study appears in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological
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