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Extreme weather events of 2015: Is climate change to blame?



Palabras clave:

NOAA, Niño, climate change

The past months have witnessed a deluge of extreme weather events and new records. July 2015 was the warmest month ever recorded for the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From heatwaves across Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, to flooding in the US and Africa, many observers have been quick to blame climate change. However, with a brewing El Nino in the Pacific bound to generate a peak in weather extremes, to what extent can we accurately say climate change has had a hand? According to NOAA, any reliable assessment must allow for a “lag-time”, in order for all relevant factors to be taken into account.