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Human-caused climate change increases risk of extreme heatwaves – study

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A firefighter works as the Caldor Fire burns in Grizzly Flats, California, US, August 22, 2021. Global temperatures will continue to increase in the coming decades , causing extreme heatwaves to become increasingly frequent, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed study , conducted by researchers from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and published on Friday in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences , found that greenhouse gases are the main reason for past temperature increases and are likely to continue to be the primary factor.

Simulations projected that extreme heatwaves would increase by more than 30 percentage points in the next few years, mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions.

Furthermore, the researchers linked the 2021 North American heatwave to greenhouse gas emissions.

“An extraordinary and unprecedented heatwave swept western North America in late June of 2021, resulting in hundreds of deaths and a massive die-off of sea creatures off the coast as well as horrific wildfires,” said lead author Chunzai Wang, who heads the State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography at the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Firefighters douse hot spot from the Alisal fire in Aguajito Canyon near […]

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