Major new study says severe weather is likely on the way
Winter as we know it in the northeast U.S. will vanish. Summers across the country will be hotter, particularly in the parched Southwest. Rain will be less frequent but more torrential when it happens. Loss of property will be “catastrophic,” exotic diseases will spread, species will die off. Skippee doo! These apocalyptic scenarios are predicted for the end of the century by a major new study from researchers at Purdue University. The study, which assumes that carbon dioxide emissions will roughly double over the next 100 years, lines up with a similar study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. Said Purdue climate scientist Noah S. Diffenbaugh, “I would be thrilled to be wrong.” You aren’t the only one, dude.
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