Talk about a steaming hot load of BS.
Via Bloomberg News:
The Texas drought last year, the Russia heat wave in 2010 and other extreme weather “certainly would not have occurred” without global warming, according to a paper prepared by a top U.S. government climate scientist.
Abnormal weather episodes were so rare from 1951 to 1980 that the recent events can only be explained by the effects of the increasing accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to research to be published tomorrow. If carbon emissions continue unchecked, such events will become routine, with more extremes common within 50 years.
“We now know that the chances these extreme weather events would have happened naturally — without climate change — is negligible,” James Hansen, the top climate-change scientist at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the main writer of the paper, said in a statement. “The natural changes in weather from day-to-day and year-to-year” don’t explain those events.
The paper by Hansen and two co-authors, to be published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was written before the recent record heat waves and drought across the U.S. Once that data is analyzed, it probably will show links to global warming as well, Hansen wrote in the Washington Post.
Hansen wrote the paper on extreme weather with Makiko Sato, also of NASA and the Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and Reto Ruedy, of Arlington, Virginia-based Trinnovim LLC, which provides support for U.S. agencies such as NASA.
They looked for examples of “weather anomalies,” defined as three standard deviations away from normal based on a statistical history. From 2006 to 2011, areas meeting the criteria covered about 4 percent to 13 percent of the Earth. Those types of extremes were basically nonexistent in the three decades prior to 1980, it said.
“Probably the most important change is the emergence of a new category of ‘extremely hot’ summers,” the researchers concluded.