Extreme Weather Events Felt Around the World in 2010
While no single weather event can be definitively traced to global climate change, we would expect to see a greater number of extreme weather events accompanying climatic shifts. As more water vapor enters the atmosphere with rising global temperatures, large-scale precipitation events become more commonplace resulting in deluges in some locations accompanied by drought in others.
These extreme weather events have considerable effects on the impacted human populations with economic, political, and social ramifications. Displaced groups become climate refugees with associated sociopolitical implications, and impacts to infrastructure and food production are often felt well beyond local confines. The greatest damage from such events befalls those least able to adapt and rebound from them, the world’s poorest populations.
And last year saw multiple extreme weather events around the world.