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Report: 14 wild weather events last year goosed by climate change

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Report: 14 wild weather events last year goosed by climate change

Dozens of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and across the world examined 28 strange weather conditions last year to see if global warming partly increased their likelihood or their strength

Report: 14 wild weather events last year goosed by climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) – New scientific analysis shows the fingerprints of manmade climate change on 14 extreme weather events in 2014, hitting every continent but Antarctica.

Dozens of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and across the world examined 28 strange weather conditions last year to see if global warming partly increased their likelihood or their strength. In a 180-page peer-reviewed report, the scientists spotted some effects of climate change in half of them.

They found climate change fingerprints on California’s wildfires, Hawaii’s tropical cyclones and heat waves in Argentina, Europe, South Korea, China, and repeatedly in Australia. The studies also found global warming partly to blame for heavy rain and flooding in Canada and New Zealand, winter storms in Nepal and drought in Africa and the Middle East.

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