The link between extreme weather and climate change

Categories: Big picture
Published on: July 8, 2019

Clean Energy Canada / Keri McNamara / 04 July 2019

Extreme weather attribution is a growing field of climate science, with an increasing number of studies dedicated to establishing the role that climate change plays in our changing weather patterns. It is now possible to attribute certain weather events to climate change with a reasonable degree of confidence, with one analysis suggesting 68% of all studied extreme weather events were made more likely by climate change.

While directly attributing extreme weather events to climate change is rarely possible given attribution science generally occurs after the fact, coverage of extreme weather events presents an important opportunity to educate the public about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change, the field of attribution science, and conclusions that have been drawn regarding similar past weather events.