Friday, November 18, 2011

Our Changing Climate: More floods, drought on the way?

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that concludes climate change will cause more flooding and drought conditions.

This Washington Post story notes:

“The report — the culmination of a two-year process involving 100 scientists and policy experts — suggests that researchers are far more confident about the prospect of more intense heat waves and heavy downpours than they are about how global warming is affecting hurricanes and tornadoes. But the new analysis also speaks to a broader trend: The world is facing a new reality of more extreme weather, and policymakers and business alike are beginning to adjust.”

In addition, here’s a piece that ran in the Vancouver Sun in British Columbia, which focuses on the work of an international team of scientists who say “a massive release of greenhouse gases likely caused the world's worst extinction.”

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