About Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Scientists are tying more and more extreme events to a changing climate

Climate scientists have long predicted that the progression of climate change would bring about changes in both the severity and frequency of extreme weather events around the world. In recent years, a new area of climate science has begun to emerge, one that seeks to figure out the likelihood that any given event was influenced by climate change.

This report, published as a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, provides some of the best evidence yet that climate change already has a hand in our worst weather. It points to a variety of extreme weather events in 2017 that were likely influenced by global warming. The report, examining research on two dozen weather events, was compiled and edited by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research.

Check out these Climate Council reports and resources linking extreme weather events to climate change:

The 2018 IPCC Special Report indicates that we have just 12 years for transformative action on climate change - including phasing out coal and fast-tracking a renewable energy transition - to avoid a future of worsening, unmanageable climate extremes.