NASA’s James Hansen discusses extreme weather and his previous climate predictions

Climate Change is here – extreme weather more common

In this Washington Post article published on August 3rd, James Hansen, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, reviews climate change predictions he made in 1988.

Hansen notes that while he was accurate in predicting rising average global temperatures, the pace at which they are increasing is far faster than he had originally anticipated. He draws a direct connection between extreme weather events such as the 2003 heat wave in Europe that killed more than 50,000 people and the on-going drought throughout large parts of the United States and climate change. His analysis – which he highlights is no longer based on predictions and forecasts of what might impacts climate may bring about, but rather with concrete, observed data – emphasizes that there is no doubt that climate change is here, and that the frequency of extreme weather is a severe indication.

Hansen concludes his op ed contending that without immediate meaningful action, climate change will continue to devastate livelihoods and economies.

To read the entire article, click here.

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