Stefan Rahmstorf – Extreme Weather: What Role Does Global Warming Play?

Stefan Rahmstorf – Extreme Weather: What Role Does Global Warming Play?

Humans have had to cope with extreme weather events throughout their history. However, the data show that the number of certain types of extreme events is on the rise in recent decades. For some types of extremes, such as heat waves, droughts and extreme rainfall events, this is an expected outcome of global warming. Other consequences have surprised climate researchers, such as changes in the jet stream and planetary waves in the atmosphere that have been linked to some unprecedented recent extreme events.