Human-Caused Climate Change Linked to Extreme Weather


Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Photo by US Navy

 

Human influences are having an impact on some extreme weather and climate events, according to the report “Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective,” release by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The report examined the causes of 12 extreme events that occurred on five continents and in the Arctic during 2012.

“This report adds to a growing ability of climate science to untangle the complexities of understanding natural and human-induced factors contributing to specific extreme weather and climate events,” said Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). “Nonetheless, determining the causes of extreme events remains challenging.”

To learn more about the study, head over to the NOAA’s synopsis.