Extreme Weather Events: Examining Causes and Responses

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Date(s) - 3/25/200312:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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There are claims that our weather is getting more extreme, that last year’s wildfires and the recent frigid temperatures are harbingers of worse things to come, and that human-caused global warming is to blame. How valid are these claims?

Costs of damage from storms, fires and floods have increased dramatically in recent decades, and these events are often attributed to human-induced global warming. The scientific basis of a possible link between weather catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, wind, wildfires, droughts and floods, and human-caused global warming will be discussed, as well as the scientific, political and social factors that bear on the ability to reduce deaths and damage from extreme weather events.

Dr. Baliunas, a research astrophysicist and Senior Scientist at the Marshall Institute, is co-host of TechCentralStation.com, and leads its Science and Environment section. She previously served as Deputy Director of Mount Wilson Observatory. Dr. Soon, a research physicist, is also a Senior Scientist at the Marshall Institute.

 

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