After a quiet start to the severe weather season in the U.S., things have quickly taken a turn for the worst. Tornadoes in recent days over parts of the Great Plains, the South, and into the Southeast have taken lives and livelihoods. Some are questioning what role climate change may be playing.
The relationship between climate change and tornadoes is the subject of intense and ongoing research. The truth is that there are conflicting signals about what impact a warming planet is having or will have on severe thunderstorms and the number and intensity of tornadoes we see. Initial findings suggest that the number of days favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms might be increasing as our planet warms. How that might impact the number or intensity of tornadoes is unclear and still being studied.
What we do know: climate change is leading to an increase in the frequency and intensity of some kinds of extreme weather. This includes heavy precipitation events, heat waves, and drought. We also know that we can fight this trend by cutting carbon pollution, just as the U.S. EPA aims to do with its proposed regulations for new power plants. Click here to sign the petition and support this historic effort.
HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS EXTREME WEATHER
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