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Climate Scientists launch international coalition to study correlation between climate change and extreme weather

01 Jul 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change, General Environment

Climate scientists from the U.S., the U.K. and other leading countries have formed the Attribution of Climate-Related Events coalition with the intent to study the correlation between climate change and extreme weather The Independent reported Friday.

The coalition was prompted after a year of particularly extreme weather across the world, including a record number of devastating tornadoes, droughts, and flooding in the U.S. 

"I will not say that you cannot link one event to these things. I will say instead that the environment in which all of these storms are developing has changed,” Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) said. “When we have things that occur usually 4 percent of the time start to occur 10 percent of the time, that’s when we begin to notice. The main way we perceive climate change is in changes in the extremes; this is when we break records.” 

The coalition will present its findings before the World Climate Research Program in Denver, Colorado later this year.

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