Climate change is not a myth anymore. With the significant development in this domain, published research works and studies are indicating that climate change is real and is taking place at a faster pace. Furthermore, it is also disturbing the ecological balance and major indicators are warming oceans, melting glaciers, suffocating oceans, rising sea level, extreme weather conditions, etc. If we discuss “Extreme Weather Events”, then these are considered as one of the most visible consequences of a warming world. Though, there is no strong proof to say that extreme weather events are associated with climate change and global warming yet the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events is telling a different story. The scientists are looking for a stronger link between the planet’s warming and its changing weather patterns.
If we analyze the things then we can find that 2017 was the warmest non-El Niño year on record globally. One of the published article related to extreme weather conditions in Australia claimed that the country has had all manner of extreme weather events in 2017. The start and end of the year experienced severe heat, with both Sydney and Brisbane experienced their hottest summers on record. Covering other parts of Australia, the article highlighted that parts of inland New South Wales and Queensland endured extended periods of very high temperatures.
The worthy weather was occupying the headlines spot elsewhere in the world. If we talk of the Atlantic Ocean, then it had very active hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, causing record-breaking rainfall over Houston and neighboring areas. After that Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought severe weather to the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. At the same point of time, wet monsoon season was experienced in the Indian subcontinent. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal experienced severe flooding which killed more than 1,000 people and affected tens of millions more.
Though, the climate scientists don’t have strong proof to claim that global warming is responsible for heat waves, storms and flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather conditions but they did assert that warming due to human emissions had doubled the risk of extreme weather events. Scientists are pity clear in claiming that ice caps melting and sea level rise to increased precipitation are the global effect of climate change and global warming. A previously published Federal climate change report suggested that there is strong scientific evidence that demonstrates that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are primarily responsible for recently observed climate change.
With recent developments in climate models and advances in supercomputing, scientists are also more statistically confident in saying that intense storms, droughts, and record-breaking heat waves are occurring with increased frequency because of humans.