A new environmental study has showed that the increased severity of heat waves reported last year in Asia and Australia was caused by human interference into the climate.
The report, prepared by the American Meteorological Society, probed the causes of a wide range of extreme weather conditions and climate events occurred worldwide in 2013.
The 84-page report on human-causing climate change was prepared under the title “Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective.”
In the document, the researchers have examined the causes of 16 separate extreme events such as rain, droughts, flood, heat waves and storms. The weather events of only four continents were taken that had occurred last year.
The study report, compiled by 92 international scientists, incorporates thirteen independent studies related to environment and climate change and natural climatic events.
In the study, the scientists tried to determine an association between extreme weather conditions and the burning of fossil fuels.
According to the study authors, it was found that human influence played a significant role in substantially increasing the possibility and severity of heat waves in continents like Asia and Australia, but measuring the amount of human influence on other environmental events like droughts, floods, heavy rain and storms was quite difficult for them.
Thomas Peterson, lead scientist at NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center who also participated in the American Meteorological Society study and prepared the report, said, while scientists could not spot a possible link between human-caused global warming and some extreme weather events, the data gathered through the study provides strong evidence to the role played by the human activity in increasing the intensity and probability of heat waves in Asian countries including Japan, China and Korea and Australia.
The study showing the climate change was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.