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Climate change increases extreme weather events

Hunter Berube
Suffolk Climate Watch graphic

A recent case study reveals that 85% of the world population has experienced weather events that have been aggravated by climate change.

The Nature Climate Change journal published the research on Oct.11, in which scientists used over 100,000 studies of events that could possibly relate to global warming. According to The Washington Post, researchers looked at these results along with human-caused precipitation shifts and temperature.

According to The Hill, the case study highlights that there is a divide in research that connects climate change and extreme weather events between high and low-income countries.

President of the Suffolk Environmental Club, Diana Gastelum, notes the importance of climate disasters and why they continue to occur.
“In my perception many of the climate disasters that occured this summer are a glimpse of what’s to come in the future as climate temperatures become more extreme,” said Gastelum.

Scientists noted that they measured their research from heat waves, floods and crop failures, according to The Week. This information linked human-caused activities to extreme weather, which has affected 80% of the world’s land, where 85% of people live.

“We have a huge evidence base now that documents how climate change is affecting our societies and our ecosystems,” said Max Callaghan, researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Germany, in an interview with The Washington Post.

These results come after countries around the world have been implored to execute climate goals amid next month’s United Nations summit, according to The Washington Post.

Current pledges put the world at risk of heating up to 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.9 degrees Fahrenheit) by the year 3000.

The summer of 2021 caught the world off guard, as extreme weather claimed the lives of many, according to The Week.  Hurricane Ida caused a total of 91 deaths with states like Louisiana and New York experiencing extreme flooding, while heat waves in the Pacific Northwest claimed the lives of almost 200.

Numerous people are facing possible starvation in India and Madagascar, along with other parts of the world, due to record droughts. Additionally, rising sea levels are becoming a problem for island nations, according to The Week.

“Many of our global leaders are all talk and no action which is a big contributing issue towards the delayed response in addressing the climate crisis,” said Gastelum.

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Olivia Acevedo, World News Editor | she/her
Olivia is a senior majoring in print/web journalism while double minoring in advertising and environmental studies. When she isn’t sprinting from place to place on campus, she likes to spend her time with her dog and attend sporting events. Olivia is originally from West Springfield, Massachusetts and has a passion for animals and history.  Follow Olivia on Twitter @OliviaAcevedo12 Email her at [email protected]
Hunter Berube, Cartoonist/Staff Writer | he/him
Hunter is a senior broadcast journalism major at Suffolk University who hopes to be a producer in the future. He has created two student-run shows through his work study position at Suffolk's Studio 73. Through his internship at Dirty Water Media, Hunter produces his own live show that streams on NECN. When he's not drawing or on the ice, you can find him eating poutine at Saus. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterBerube Email him at [email protected]

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