The influence of manmade global warming on climate continues to grow, with human fingerprints identified in more than two dozen climate “indicators” – from air temperatures to ocean acidity – examined by an international research team, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. Results were recently released in the comprehensive annual “State of the Climate” report. In another recent, related, report, climate researchers said manmade global warming is already shifting the probability of many extreme weather and climate events, making heat waves, droughts, and other events more likely to occur in parts of the world. The study found, for example, that manmade global warming made the devastating Texas drought and heat wave of 2011 at least 20 times more likely compared to years with similar large-scale weather patterns in the 1960s. The report also tied other recent extreme events worldwide to manmade warming. Together, both reports are a comprehensive accounting of the present state of global climate, over which mankind is exerting a greater impact than ever before. “Every weather event that happens now takes place in the context of a changing global environment,” said deputy NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan.
Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:14 AM PDT
The influence of manmade global warming on the climate system continues to grow, with human fingerprints identified in more than two dozen climate “indicators” examined by an international research team — from air temperatures to ocean acidity — for a comprehensive annual “State of the Climate” report released Tuesday. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/two-new-reports-underscore-impact-of-manmade-global-warming/ original report