Extreme weather: the new norm?
Extreme weather: the new norm?Scientists debate link between extreme weather and man-made climate change.
How strong is the link between extreme weather and climate change? This year has been marked by extraordinary record-breaking and intense weather events around the world. Scientists have recorded the largest-ever amount of Arctic ice melt and the drought-stricken U.S. has so far had its hottest year on record. A recent Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study found that global land temperature increased by 1.5 degrees C over the past 50 years.
Beyond the debate over the causes of climate change, there are serious consequences for food security, our ecosystems and society. So are the odds for extreme weather increasing because of global warming?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to James Hansen, NASA climatologist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Lauren Bouwer, senior researcher at Vrije University; and May Boeve, executive director and co-founder of 350.org.
What do you think? Will severe droughts, heat waves, and flooding become the new norm? How should we respond to it? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.