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Climate change role clear in many extreme events but social factors also key, study finds

By Sofia Quagliac

28 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

In this piece from The Guardian, a professor describes the estimations we are getting wrong when it comes to climate change.

Climate change is to blame for the majority of the heatwaves being recorded around the planet but the relation to other extreme events impacts on society is less clear, according to a study.

“I think on the one hand we overestimate climate change because it’s now quite common that every time an extreme event happens, there is a big assumption that climate change is playing a big role, which is not always the case,” said Friederike Otto, a climate change and environment professor at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, who was one of the lead authors of the research.

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