The devastating heatwave that has baked India and Pakistan in recent months was made more likely by climate change and is a glimpse of the region’s future, says a study by international scientists.
The World Weather Attribution group analysed historical weather data that suggested early, long heatwaves that affect a massive geographical area are rare, once-a-century events.
But the current level of global warming, created by human-caused climate change, has made those heatwaves 30 times more likely, said the group’s study released on Monday.
If global heating increases to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) more than pre-industrial levels, then heatwaves like this could occur twice in a century and up to once every five years, said Arpita Mondal, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, who was part of the study.
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