Jun 4, 2013

Thousands Flee As Record Floods Inundate Central Europe

Thuringia
Saxony
Bavaria
Saxony-Anhalt
Lower Saxony
Baden-Württemberg
Germany
by
Kiley Kroh
,
ThinkProgress
Flooding. Photo: Graham Berry
Flooding. Photo: Graham Berry

A study released earlier this year by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association confirmed what scientists have long been saying about the role of climate change in driving extreme precipitation. The study found that extreme precipitation events will become more frequent this century as climate change continues to warm the planet, predicting 20-30 percent more precipitation in the Northern Hemisphere by 2099. And increasingly, scientists are connecting record Arctic sea ice loss to an increase in extreme weather due to the weakened jet stream.