Extreme Weather is Batterying the World. What's the Cause? 

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Climate Change as a Primary Driver

Climate change is significantly contributing to the increase in extreme weather events, such as heat waves, floods, and droughts, across the globe.

Increasing Frequency and Intensity

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports a rise in the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme weather events due to greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Heat Waves in India

India experienced a severe heat wave with temperatures reaching 47 degrees Celsius. Climate change made this heat wave 45 times more likely and 0.85 degrees hotter than it would have been otherwise.

Floods in Brazil

Southern Brazil faced devastating floods, leading to over 100 deaths and displacing 1.5 million people. Studies indicate that human-driven climate change played a significant role in the heavy rainfall causing these floods.

US Tornadoes

The US experienced over 100 tornadoes in a short period, but the link between tornadoes and climate change remains unclear due to their localized nature and the complexity of attributing specific events to climate change.

Historical Context

Extreme weather events have always occurred, but their frequency and destructiveness have increased significantly since the onset of industrialization and the rise in greenhouse gas emissions.

Global Impact and Preparedness

Vulnerability and lack of preparedness exacerbate the damage caused by extreme weather, highlighting the need for better infrastructure and climate adaptation strategies to mitigate future impacts.

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