All The Ways Climate Change Wreaked Havoc In 2016 [Infographic]

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It is becoming increasingly difficult for so-called climate deniers to maintain weather patterns aren't changing significantly to the detriment of the world. In 2016, extreme weather events flew thick and fast, with records being broken for heat temperatures and low sea ice extents. This infographic looks at some of the key extreme weather events of 2016 and the extent to which climate change can be blamed.

The infographic below was compiled by The Conversation based on the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society's annual review of extreme weather and climate events. It breaks down the key freak weather events and whether climate change played a role.

Interestingly, the results also cover developing countries which received extensive weather studies for the first time in 2016. Needless to say, it's a global problem.

"The effects of climate change on extremes spread far and wide as human activities have radically altered our climate," The Conversation explained in an accompanying blog post. "We can expect to see more extreme events with a clear fingerprint of human-caused climate change in the coming years and decades." You can find an interactive version of the graphic here.

[Via The Conversation]


Comments

    Why does climate change necessarily result in "extreme" weather. Couldn't the climate also change into being more the same everywhere, without the highs & lows. Ice caps melt and tropics get cooler, ie everything is the same?

      You're not putting energy into a homogeneous block of matter. The Earth is a rotating body with a surface layer comprising gas, liquid and solids with different heat transfer rates and reflectivities. Tides and exposure to the sun generate additional large scale motion.

    Hi Chris,

    wondering if you can add the infographic for 1249? I heard that was a TERRIBLE year for weather. I'd go as far as suggesting the people around in the year 1249 had weather for 365 days that year... poor people.

    Thanks,
    Bonehead.

    1. the attribution of specific weather events to a diffuse and loosely defined, if defined at all journalistic concept, as is 'climate change' borders on the nonsensical.
    2. the great argument is not whether the climate is 'changing', it has always changed. The argument is if human activity contributes to it, and if any change in activity will have any effect.
    3. that the climate scare campaign is based on sets of models which are neither comprehensive as to inputs, or can model climate with its vast unknown processes, or can 'predict' known recent climate when run backwards indicates that it is not science, but agitation.
    4, noting '3' above, agitation of course leads to profiteering....QED by the anthropogenic climate change groupies.

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