Man-made extreme weather has hit home

2017-04-24 21:23
Giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany where the IPCC is currently conducting talks on climate change. (Martin Meissner, AP)

Giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany where the IPCC is currently conducting talks on climate change. (Martin Meissner, AP)

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Washington - A new study finds most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours caused by man-made global warming.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers looked at weather stations worldwide and calculated that in 85% of the cases, the record for hottest day of the year had the fingerprints of climate change.

Heat-trapping gases from the burning of fossil fuels made those records more likely or more intense.

Climate change's influence was spotted 57% of the time in records for lowest rainfall in a year and 41% of the time in records for most five-day downpours.

The study is in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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