NEW YORK — The moderate global warming that has already occurred as a result of human emissions is responsible for about 75 percent of daily heat extremes and about 18 percent of precipitation extremes, scientists reported Monday.
Especially hot days of a sort that occurred only once every 30 years or so before the Industrial Revolution are now occurring every six or seven years, the scientists found.
Such scorching days could become near-annual events by late this century even if emissions are brought under control, the researchers said, and they could occur several times a year if they are not.
The new research builds on those predictions of frequency and attempts to answer the question: To what degree are the changes attributable to human-caused climate change?
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