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United Nations Blames Humans for 2013′s Extreme Weather

United Nations Blames Humans for 2013′s Extreme Weather

The newest “Status of the Climate Report” from the United Nations states that global warming is predominately caused by human activity. The climate report for 2013 was based on data from three independent studies. These included data collected since 1850 from both the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia (HadCRU) in the United Kingdom. Information was also obtained from the NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) recent annual report on global climatic conditions confirmed “2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud wrote in a press release: “There is no standstill in global warming. The warming of our oceans has accelerated, and at lower depths. More than 90 percent of the excess energy trapped by greenhouse gases is stored in the oceans. Levels of these greenhouse gases are at record levels, meaning that our atmosphere and oceans will continue to warm for centuries to come. The laws of physics are non-negotiable.”

WMO’s statement, which is an internationally recognized authoritative source of information, highlights the key climate events of 2013:

  • Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall, devastated parts of the central Philippines.
  • Surface air temperatures over land in the Southern Hemisphere were very warm, with widespread heat waves; Australia saw record warmth for the year, and Argentina its second warmest year and New Zealand its third warmest.
  • Frigid polar air plummeted into parts of Europe and the southeast United States.
  • Angola, Botswana and Namibia were gripped by severe drought.
  • Heavy monsoon rains led to severe floods on the India-Nepal border.
  • Heavy rains and floods impacted northeast China and the eastern Russian Federation.
  • Heavy rains and floods affected Sudan and Somalia.
  • Major drought affected southern China.
  • Northeastern Brazil experienced its worst drought in the past 50 years.
  • The widest tornado ever observed struck El Reno, Oklahoma in the United States.
  • Extreme precipitation led to severe floods in Europe’s Alpine region and in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.
  • Israel, Jordan, and Syria were struck by unprecedented snowfall.
  • Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere reached record highs.
  • The global oceans reached new record high sea levels.
  • The Antarctic sea ice extent reached a record daily maximum.

“Naturally occurring phenomena such as volcanic eruptions or El Niņo and La Niņa events have always contributed to frame our climate, influenced temperatures or caused disasters like droughts and floods. But many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change. We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat, and more damage from storm surges and coastal flooding as a result of sea level rise,” said Jarraud.

The Status of the Climate Report contains a peer-review case study into Australia’s record warmth in 2013. The study by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science University of Melbourne, Australia, used nine state-of-the-art global climate models to investigate whether changes in the probability of extreme Australian summer temperatures were due to human influences.

“Comparing climate model stipulations with and without human factors shows that the record hot Australian summer of 2012/13 was about five times as likely as a result of human-induced influence on climate and that the record hot calendar year of 2013 would have been virtually impossible without human contributions of heat-trapping gases, illustrating that some extreme events are becoming much more likely due to climate change,” the study concluded.

According to the United Nations, “[h]uman influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes. This evidence for human influence has grown since AR4. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

article written by Joan Reddy

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9:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Like I've said before, that is no monumental conclusion since humans and their selfish greedy ways are at the root of all the problems on this planet.

9:28AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

well of course it is humans fault, it is humans that destroy nature

5:39AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Alarming!

3:57PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Of course humans are to be blame for the killing of the Planet.

2:03PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Bad humans, bad bad!

1:48PM PDT on May 8, 2014

Nothing new about that!

6:30AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

(Continued From Below)

So why are all the stops being pulled out for a deception similar in its nature to the "Flat-Earth" ideology held only as recent as 500 plus years ago? Answer => there are literally hundreds of billions of dollars now at stake to keep the fraud alive and tax humanity for an organic lifecycle compound most plants and animals draw energy to live. The global oligarchs have created a network of payouts to numerous "academic", "scientific", "media", and "political" circles, including both major political party establishments in the U.S., who are not going to easily let go of their opportunity to feed at the financial trough. The promotion of senseless decree's like these, from a genocidal gangster organization like the UN, will continue to be more irrational and sensational, especially as people are increasingly becoming educated how carbon dioxide is a life giving gas which plants breathe, as well as how in reality the Earth has been cooling over the last 15 plus years. Such will be the case no matter how desperately these parasites try distracting us from what is really happening. What is even more criminal, the same gangsters driving this generation long cult of deception are actually profiting from how we ARE IN FACT destroying this planet through: 1) Irreversible nuclear contamination, 2) Geo-Engineering our atmosphere and willfully poisoning the air and vegetation, 3) GMO’s seriously and recklessly if not deliberately damaging the biosp

6:28AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Hysteric desperation from global parasites continues groping to maintain the cult of anthropogenic "global warming" or the euphemism “climate change”, no matter how egregiously and blatantly this racketeering scheme contradicts reality. These imperial proclamations for the massive financial and political deceptions they represent, is confounded by not only the nature of the hoax itself and the financial rape the powers at be are seeking to get away with, but also by the massive distractions these dark-age propaganda orgies create from the REAL environmental crises we are all facing!! Amazing how transnational interests financing these propaganda spectacles, camouflage the fact oil companies and central banks are surreptitiously contributing to the hoax, while they are actually profiting from the worldwide scam through higher energy prices and carbon tax theft. These international kleptocrats and the political whores they fund, are pulling out all the stops to keep their dreams of a cap & trade carbon tax alive, including some of their political and academic proxies increasingly and openly advocating a green fascism of ARRESTING “deniers” and “sceptics”!! Somewhat curious don’t you think, when political power players aggressively advocate silencing ANY opposition on this ONE ISSUE. Where have we currently and historically witnessed similar tyrannical fanaticism, and where is their funding coming from!!?? A barbaric slave state like

9:47AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

what is it going to take to wipe out the ignorance, especially in the USA?

8:38AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Get rid of the big oil companies that are fracking our lands, get rid of neuc plants, get rid of dirty coal running plants and maybe just maybe this will stop if it is not already too late. The destruction of the rain forests and natural forests are a contributing factor.

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