Climate change's influence was spotted in records for lowest rainfall in a year and for most rain in a five-day period
FILE - In this July 20, 2016 file photo, an Iraqi man cools off the summer heat by using an open air shower in Baghdad, Iraq. Most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours goosed by man-made global warming, a new study finds. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File), photo: AP/Karim Kadim
24 of April 2017 14:40:55
WASHINGTON – Most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours goosed by man-made global warming, new research finds.In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists analyzed weather stations worldwide and calculated that in 85 percent of the cases, the record for hottest day of the year had the fingerprints of climate change. Heat-trapping gases from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas made those records more likely or more intense."The world is not quite at the point where every hot temperature record has a human fingerprint, but it's getting close to that," said lead author and Stanford University climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.