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Revealed: how climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather

By Damian Carrington

04 Aug 2022 · 19 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this exclusive analysis from The Guardian as it explains how a number of catastrophic climate events would have been wildly improbable without human-caused global heating.

The devastating intensification of extreme weather is laid bare today in a Guardian analysis that shows how people across the world are losing their lives and livelihoods due to more deadly and more frequent heatwaves, floods, wildfires and droughts brought by the climate crisis.

The analysis of hundreds of scientific studies – the most comprehensive compilation to date – demonstrates beyond any doubt how humanity’s vast carbon emissions are forcing the climate to disastrous new extremes. At least a dozen of the most serious events, from killer heatwaves to broiling seas, would have been all but impossible without human-caused global heating, the analysis found.

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