Mar 25, 2012

A decade of weather extremes

Dim Coumou, Stefan Rahmstorf
Nature Climate Change
  • Reviews the evidence and argues that for some types of extreme — notably heatwaves, but also precipitation extremes — there is now strong evidence linking specific events or an increase in their numbers to the human influence on climate
  • States that for other types of extreme, such as storms, the available evidence is less conclusive, but based on observed trends and basic physical concepts it is nevertheless plausible to expect an increase