Thursday, February 04, 2016

Storm-battered UK to get more extreme weather

As residents of northern England and Scotland rebuild their lives after the floods that devastated the UK over December and January, climate change experts have warned we should be prepared for further increases in the amount of such ‘extreme weather’ in future.

The University of Oxford’s Dr Friederike Otto led a study that put a figure on how big a role man-made climate change had on storm Desmond, which brought record rainfall and led to particularly severe floods in Cumbria in the first week of December.

Her team found that man-made (or anthropogenic) effects had increased the likelihood of such events by about 40 per cent.

And, with 2015 confirmed as the warmest year on record — smashing the previous highest global temperature set jointly in 2010 and 2014, taking us to about a whole degree warmer when compared to pre-industrial levels — we have been warned to expect more of the same during 2016...

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