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Has Climate Change made weather more extreme?

Its influence on the weather is overblown

Climate change intensifies disasters

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The assertion that climate change has led to more extreme weather in the United States is incorrect, writes Investor’s Business Daily in an Editorial. Snowfall, tornadoes, hurricanes and droughts are all at a steady rate or declining. Last year was a strong hurricane year, but the overall data doesn’t suggest that there is a constant rise in hurricanes. Certain institutions may be overplaying the rise in extreme weather to make a stronger argument for climate being a threat. While the cost of property damage because of natural disaster has gone up, this is due to more properties being been built in affected areas than in the past, not climate change.

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While climate change may not have been the sole cause of environmental disasters, it has worsened their destructiveness, reports Justin Worland of Time. For example, Hurricane Sandy was made much worse by rising sea levels caused by global warming, as it allowed for much greater flooding. Similarly, it intensified the 2003 heat wave that Europe went through. Single examples of extreme weather generally don’t make the case for climate change, as trends should be examined over several years. However, climate scientists have proclaimed that global warming aggravated the strength of disasters such as hurricanes or heat waves.

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