AP: Climate change continues to influence weather


Photo by Larry Krause, Flickr.

The freak snow storm that the northeastern United States last week is just one example of climate change’s influence on weather.

AP reports that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release a report in the coming weeks on climate change’s global weather impact.

[The report] says there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases.

This marks a change in climate science from focusing on subtle changes in daily average temperatures to concentrating on the harder-to-analyze freak events that grab headlines, cause economic damage and kill people. The most recent bizarre weather extreme, the pre-Halloween snowstorm, is typical of the damage climate scientists warn will occur — but it’s not typical of the events they tie to global warming.

Read more from their coverage here.

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Brynne Schweigel is a senior at the University of Iowa, studying Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. She works as a communications intern for the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, creating a weekly radio spot and writing for their blog, IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org. She works as a Branch Manager for HerCampus.com and contributes to the University of Iowa branch. She will graduate in December 2011. She spends a great deal of time reading the New York Times and doing logic puzzles.
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