2017-12-14. How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events.

posted Dec 15, 2017, 6:22 PM by Alan Gould
By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Extreme weather left its mark across the planet in 2016, the hottest year in recorded history. Record heat baked Asia and the Arctic. Droughts gripped Brazil and southern Africa. The Great Barrier Reef suffered its worst bleaching event in memory, killing large swaths of coral. Now climate scientists are starting to tease out which of last year’s calamities can, and can’t, be linked to global warming. In a new collection of papers published Wednesday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers around the world analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that human-caused climate change was a “significant driver” for 21 of them. ...1. Record temperatures around the world. ...2. Coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. ...3. Drought in Africa, ...4. Wildfires in North America. ...5. The warm “blob” in the Pacific Ocean. ...But climate attribution remains complex.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/climate/climate-extreme-weather-attribution.html