Weather Gone Wild: Will Climate Change Cause More Extreme Weather?
Global temperatures are rising, and increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are likely responsible for most of the recent warming. Because fossil fuels remain the most important energy source, continuing greenhouse gas emissions are expected to lead to more warming for the next few decades and probably beyond. Some evidence indicates that more extreme weather may result from this warming and that some of these changes may be already underway. In this seminar we will examine the evidence that global warming can increase the likelihood of extreme weather events such as heat waves, heavy rainstorms, and hurricanes.