Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
The connection between severe weather and climate change is now unmistakable

Researchers are now working to calculate and share climate fingerprints following extreme weather events to raise awareness about the current impacts of climate change. Michael Wehner, a senior staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, emphasizes the importance of connecting these events to greenhouse gases quickly.

In mid-April this year, when Dubai experienced heavy downpours resulting in up to 10 inches of rain in less than two days, researchers at WWA jumped into action to analyze the data. Within a week, they reported that events like these had become twice as likely in today’s climate. They are now focusing on documenting the additional impacts of extreme weather events rather than just the increased likelihood.

An example of this approach is seen in the study of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston in 2017. Researchers found that the storm contained 19 percent more rainfall due to climate change. In addition, they determined that this led to a 14 percent increase in flooded areas and a quadrupling of financial losses, totaling $90 billion. These findings highlight the immediate and tangible effects of climate change on communities in the present day.

By Aiden Nguyen

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