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]