September 18th, 2013 by Rebecca
The flooding has been classified as a 1000-year event, meaning there was only a tenth of one percent probability (0.1%) that it would happen in a given year. When an event this unusual and extreme happens these days, one of the first questions people ask is:
“Was it because of climate change?”
Here’s my answer:
It’s not a question of IF it was caused by climate change. It’s only a question of HOW MUCH it was caused by climate change.
Climate change could have been a significant factor or only a small contributor, but there’s no way it wasn’t involved. With 40% more CO2 in the atmosphere than in pre-industrial times and 4% more water vapor in the atmosphere than 40 years ago, our world is fundamentally altered. There’s no control group to compare us to – we are all living this experiment.
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