A child enjoys a fountain July 30 in Bucharest, Romania, shortly before a thunderstorm. Southern Romania was affected by a heat wave with temperatures of up to 40 Centigrade, 104 Fahrenheit, in some areas. Researchers with the United States and British governments concluded Thursday Sept. 5, 2013, that 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.
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 4:30 am
WASHINGTON — A study of a dozen of 2012’s wildest weather events found that man-made global warming increased the likelihood of about half of them, including superstorm Sandy’s devastating surge and the blistering U.S. summer heat.
The other half — including a record wet British summer and the U.S. drought last year — simply reflected the random freakiness of weather, researchers with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the British meteorological office concluded in a report issued Thursday.
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