A new Stanford University study says damaging weather extremes are up to five times more likely in specific parts of the planet because of climate change. It's the first study to quantify the danger and specify geographic areas that face the most devastating storms, droughts, heat waves and cold waves as global temperatures rise.
The study predicts the probability of extreme weather would shoot up exponentially in large parts of North America, Europe and Eastern Asia if the planet warms more than the Paris Climate Accord's goal of three-point-six-degrees above pre-industrial levels. But it predicts more record-setting weather events are still likely even if only half the Accord's temperature objective is achieved.
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