Climate change made 2018 European heatwave up to ‘five times’ more likely.
Carbon Brief 27th July 2018 read more »
Climate change resulting from human activities made the current Europe-wide heatwave more than twice as likely to occur, say scientists. Researchers compared the current high temperatures with historical records from seven weather stations, in different parts of Europe. Their preliminary report found that the “signal of climate change is unambiguous,” in this summer’s heat. They also say the scale of the heatwave in the Arctic is unprecedented.
BBC 27th July 2018 read more »
The heatwave gripping much of northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists have said. Researchers from the World Weather Attribution network, which includes Oxford University, said such events were becoming more common as greenhouse gas emissions increased. The team used computer modelling to compare the likelihood of the heatwave in today’s world with the chances of it occurring in a world without the climate change caused by humans. They examined temperatures at weather stations in northern Europe, including in Finland, Denmark, the Irish Republic, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. For each year in the historical record they looked at the hottest consecutive three-day period.
Times 28th July 2018 read more »
The heatwave searing northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, according to a rapid assessment by scientists. The result is preliminary but they say the signal of climate change is “unambiguous”. Scientists have long predicted that global warming is ramping up the number and intensity of heatwaves, with events even worse than current one set to strike every other year by the 2040s. “The logic that climate change will do this is inescapable – the world is becoming warmer, and so heatwaves like this are b ecoming more common,” said Friederike Otto, at the University of Oxford and part of the World Weather Attribution (WWA) consortium that did the work.
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