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Blame Climate Change for Extreme Winter Weather

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Scientists link winter storms to increased moisture in the air due to climate cahnge.

Heavy snowfall and intense storms in much of the U.S. this winter has climate change skeptics asking, "If global warming is real, then why is it so cold and wet?" We've got your answer. As the planet heats up, more water is evaporated into the atmosphere. And because the atmosphere is warmer, it is able to hold that water. When the atmosphere becomes saturated, intense storms ensue.According to......read more

Hurricanes and Climate Change

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Storms likely to get stronger and more frequent, study shows

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population of coastal areas growing daily and sea level on the rise, how these monster storms may change as the climate......read more

Stormy Weather

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The new extreme weather reality gives us a tangible reason to act on climate change

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, for The Huffington Post: In December 1874, a lean, bearded 36-year-old Scotsman clambered to the top of a towering Douglas fir tree in the Sierra Nevada as a powerful storm swept through the mountains. There John Muir clung for hours, swaying in the wind and delighting in "the profound bass of the naked branches and boles booming like......read more

Insuring Against Climate Change

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Increasingly extreme bouts of weather are challenging how the insurance industry predicts risk

In a changing climate, with swirling temperatures in rising oceans, extreme weather is the new norm. This is of great concern to the insurance industry, which recently told US Senators that a surge in weather-related catastrophes has forced billions of dollars in payouts. That's why insurers (and reinsurers, who insure the insurers) are looking to new ways to predict climate-related risk.......read more

Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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Climate scientists take on the 'grand challenge'--and none too soon

Bill Chameides for The Huffington Post Whenever an extreme weather event occurs these days, the question almost inevitably asked is: Was it caused by global warming? For years, the less-than-satisfying scientific response went something like this: We don't know; even though global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme events, directly linking a specific event to global warming is......read more

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