Science: extreme weather caused by man-made warming
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Science: extreme weather caused by man-made warming

A group of weather researchers have claimed that last year’s crazy weather events, including extreme heat around the world and the unusually warm waters in the Bering Sea – are a result of man-made climate change.

This is not the first time that climate change has been presented as a cause of extreme weather, but it is the most credible. The American Meteorological Society has been careful to avoid wading into politically charged waters in the past, and this marks the first time they have definitely linked the two phenomena.

The report was published as an addition to the group’s annual bulletin last Wednesday, and included research from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jeff Rosenfeld, the editor in chief of the annual bulletin described the report as marking a “fundamental change.” He said “We’re experiencing new weather, because we’ve made a new climate.”

Examples of the effects that have been linked to global warming include the severity of the El Nino effect, coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, and the warming of the North Pacific Ocean.

A separate study from the World Weather Attribution, also published on Wednesday, states that human-caused climate change increased the intensity of the record-breaking rainfall that accompanied Hurricane Harvey in August.

With climate change increasing, the importance of those companies who offer practical solutions to the impact that the phenomena will have on our food and water sources is increasing dramatically.


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Dominion holds a number of companies involved in ameliorating the impact of extreme weather and climate change in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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