A recent study shows findings that extreme weather conditions are a result of human-produced carbon dioxide emissions, commonly known as global warming. A group of researchers studied the impact of global warming on weather events, showing positive results. The influence has a significant effect on climate change.
Mainly, global warming is caused due to fossil fuel combustion such as coal, oil and gas releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As a result, the rise in temperature of the atmosphere and oceans will fuel climate change. Also, the atmosphere locks up water vapor causing storms and global rise in sea levels.
Science World Report reads, “The study, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked specifically at the link between record weather events over the past many decades and climate change. The researchers found that in more than 80% of the heat records, which included both record hot months and days, there was a pronounced indication of global warming.”
At first, researchers initiated the study with an assumption that there is no correlation between global warming and extreme climate events. However, it showed contrast results. The unit cross-examined to find out if the assumption was valid using statistical analysis. Climate scientist, Noah Diffenbaugh found that global warming is linked to record-breaking extremes in precipitation and also the record low Artic sea ice in 2012, according to the Report.
“The world is not yet at a place where every single record-setting hot event has a human fingerprint, but we are getting close to that point. Greater than 80% of those record hot events is a substantial fraction,” he added.