January 22, 2013

Our climate is like loaded dice

"One often hears the misleading claim that no single event, regardless of how extreme or unprecedented, can be blamed on climate change," Dr. Mann, director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center and a leading contributor to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said. "That is like saying that no single roll of a 'six' with loaded dice can be blamed on the loading of the dice.
"Just as the unusual number of 'sixes' rolled is due to the loading of the dice, so are the more frequent and extreme weather events we are seeing due collectively to the 'loading' of weather dice by increased heat-trapping greenhouse gases produced by our continued burning of fossil fuels," he told reporters. [NY Times]

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