February 13, 2014

Climate Change Porn – 10: Somerset Levels

February 9, 2014: 27 Staggering New Pictures Of The Somerset Levels Floods

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And then a day later:

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Julia Slingo, chief scientist of the Met Office, Britain’s national weather service, said (climate change) had almost certainly contributed to the exceptional weather.

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ABC News explores the climate-change connection:

England, which has been lashed by wind and rain since December, had its wettest January since records began in 1766. …

Britain’s Met Office, the nation’s weather agency, said in a paper published this week that “there is no definitive answer” on the role played by climate change in the recent weather and floods. But it said there is “an increasing body of evidence that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense,” probably due to a warming world.

It was the latest in a series of assertions by weather agencies linking extreme weather events with human-made global warming. Last year the Met Office and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said events ranging from Superstorm Sandy flooding to U.S. heat waves to extreme rainfall in Australia and New Zealand had all been made more likely by climate change.

… Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said it was “a remarkably blunt report for a group that is typically characterized by a staid approach.”

“The bottom line is this: we are indeed now seeing with our very eyes the impacts of climate change on severe weather, record heat, drought, more intense hurricane activity,” Mann said in an email. “The only question at this point is how far downstream this treacherous torrent we are going to paddle.”

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