Washington Post: When a hurricane, flood, heat wave, or other extreme weather event strikes, reporters call scientists like me and ask us what human-induced climate change had to do with this event. Until recently, most of us would say something like this: “Climate change is real. It alters the broader patterns, the statistics of weather. But we can’t attribute any single weather event to climate change.”
USA Today: Temperatures in the California city, home to Snoopy's brother Spike, climbed over 100 degrees by 7 a.m. Tuesday, as a stifling heatwave continued to envelop the Southwest. The record-setting heat that came in like an inferno on the first day of summer has killed at least five people, strained power demands and helped fuel massive wildfires in several states.
USA Today: This year’s catastrophic wildfire season -- with more than 7.6 million acres already burned -- could be just a glimpse at what the future holds.
The risk of so-called “very large wildfires” could increase as much as six times in the U.S. by mid-century as a result of man-made global warming, researchers concluded in a study announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday.
New York Times: “Recently we’ve had extreme weather events, like the strong rains in Pensacola and Tampa,” Mr. Morales said in an interview. “In January, Palm Beach County got 22 inches of rain in eight hours. That’s a once in a thousand-year event. I mention on my broadcasts that the propensity for climate change will increase with these events.”
WGN: Hurricane Sandy, killer floodwaters, and raging wildfires. Scientists from all over the world, including Dr. Don Wuebbles, say our changing climate may be impacting these extreme weather events. “So we have a lot of concerns about what those changes in climate can mean to us. It’s virtually certain that human activities are responsible for the changes in climate that we’ve been seeing over the past 50 years.”
NPR: When it comes to climate change, Americans place great trust in their local TV weathercaster, which has led climate experts to see huge potential for public education...
Weather Channel: Global food shortages will become three times more likely as a result of climate change in the decades ahead, a new U.S.-British joint task force report says….
This American Life: After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire. Lots of people were wondering if global warming had finally arrived, here at home. This week, stories about this new reality...
NPR: We often associate climate change with too much water — the melting ice caps triggering a rise in sea levels. Now a new World Bank report says we also need to think about too little water — the potable sort.