A recent report released by the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change, reveals that it is highly likely that the global extreme weather events are a direct result of anthropological caused global warming. Although the results of the report are very ambivalent, it has been enough to stimulate governments world wide into taking action.
In the past few months we have seen reports from all over the planet that many leaders are starting to take less environmentally damaging forms of energy creation more seriously.
Stories such as the U.K. Prime Minister endorsing green energy are encouraging… But as we see extreme weather events continually plague the globe… Are our efforts coming at a junction in time that could actually be too late?
In the age of climate change, a lot of science and press coverage have been given over to determining whether warming really does make extreme events like heat waves, floods, storms or tornadoes more frequent or more powerful.
That’s understandable: gradual warming over years or decades doesn’t get a lot of attention, but a megastorm like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or the bursts of killer tornadoes last spring certainly do. It’s not just a matter of focusing public attention, however; extreme-weather events kill tens of thousands of people every year, and take a sizable chunk out of the global economy — not something anyone’s likely to fail to notice.
Last year the U.S. experienced a dozen natural disasters that caused a billion or more dollars in damages, ranging from Hurricane Irene in September to the lingering drought in Texas and the Southwest. If climate change is really supercharging extreme weather — causing death and mayhem — that’s one more reason to get a grip on carbon emissions fast.
As it happens, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published an assessment on the science of extreme weather and global warming just last month — but the answers are cloudy. The panel found that it was likely that man-made carbon emissions are leading to extreme heat, something that should resonate on an April day that was so unseasonably hot that runners were warned away from the Boston Marathon. There was also medium confidence that carbon emissions and other anthropogenic factors are leading to more extreme rainfall — like the Pakistan floods of 2010 — and more intense droughts, like the one much of the U.S. is suffering through right now.
Source: Time Science