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Like 2015, wait for more record warm years

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, Jan 25: 2015 is the warmest year on record and this can hardly be by chance, say researchers, adding that record warm years are almost a certainty in this century owing to human-made climate change. Without greenhouse-gas emissions from burning coal and oil, the odds are vanishingly small that 13 out of the 15 warmest years ever measured would all have happened in the current, still young century, said the researchers from Germany-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. To understand this, the scientists performed a sophisticated statistical alysis, combining observatiol data and comprehensive computer simulations of the climate system.

Their new approach allowed them to better separate tural climate variability from human-caused climate change. “tural climate variability causes temperatures to wax and wane over a period of several years, rather than varying erratically from one year to the next,” said lead author Michael Mann, director, Earth System Science Centre at Pennsylvania State University.

What is more, the anomalous global average warmth comes with substantial impacts. “It has led to unprecedented local heat waves across the world - sadly resulting in loss of life and aggravating droughts and wildfires,” Rahmstorf pointed out.

The risk of heat extremes has been multiplied due to our interference with the Earth system, as our data alysis shows, he added in a paper published in the jourl Scientific Reports. (IANS)

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