80% of Heat Records Worldwide Linked to Climate Change

World | Climate Change

Record-breaking extreme weather events all over the globe, including increased temperatures and rainfall, can be linked to climate change, according to new research.

Most scientific research examines the links between climate change and specific weather events, but a first-of-its-kind study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences used a new framework to take a comprehensive look at climate measurements worldwide.

The study found that over 80 percent of heat records worldwide were linked to climate change, while climate change influenced 57 percent of driest-year records and 41 percent of five-day precipitation records.

“Our results suggest that the world isn’t quite at the point where every record hot event has a detectable human fingerprint, but we are getting close,” lead author Noah Diffenbaugh told USA Today.

Source: ecowatch.com