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A Stormier-Hotter World Linked to Climate Change February 14, 2014
Stormy nightime sky.
British officials say that while no single storm can be linked to global warming, a trend toward more severe and massive storms due to a changing climate is evident.
Britain’s national weather service says there is no longer any doubt that recent larger and more damaging storms are connected to a warming global climate.

Much of the U.K. is suffering from the worst in a series of inundations that have submerged vast tracts of the nation during the past three years.

A barrage of winter storms in recent months has seen some flood-weary communities swamped more than once.

While the Met Office's chief scientist, Dame Julia Slingo, says it is not possible to blame any specific storm on global warming, she said a trend toward more volatile weather patterns due to climate change is clear.

“We have records going back to 1766 and we have nothing like this,” she said at a press conference in London.

Slingo’s comments came just before Australian researchers announced that human greenhouse gas emissions were the likely cause of last year’s record-breaking heat in the country.

The previous Australian summer was the hottest on record and the year 2013 brought the highest average annual temperature in over 100 years of observations.

Climate experts Sophie Lewis and David Karoly told the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s annual conference that human activities, particularly emissions of carbon dioxide, are clearly to blame for the record heat.

Photo: Mariana Suarez