Climate change behind extreme weather
We just lived through the hottest June since records began, with parts of Europe sweltering in 45C heat. In the midst of the heatwave was a group of climate scientists, gathered at a conference in Toulouse, who decided to calculate the link between climate change and the unprecedented heat. Their models found climate change made it five times more likely.
Although Canada may not have felt the worst of the blistering June, it likely won’t be so lucky in July, with heatwaves already underway in Montreal. The hot weather is reminiscent of last year's fatal heatwaves, which killed 74 people in Quebec. Retrospective climate attribution studies have found it would have been “impossible” without human-caused warming.
In fact, there’s a whole host of extreme weather that can be attributed in some way to climate change. If you want a summary—we’ve put together a list of some of the weather events over the past few years in Canada that have been linked to climate change. The list is extensive, from the Fort McMurray wildfire to the 2013 Alberta floods. Climate change is lurking behind them all.