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For all their ferocity, California storms were not likely caused by global warming, experts say

Louis Sahagún of The Los Angeles Times reports on California’s recent storms.

The C3 Take
  • While some media pundits and public officials were quick to link California’s recent storms to climate change, climate scientists have yet to see the connection.
  • Since at least the 1800s, California has had at least one major storm per decade.
  • And while the recent storms were not likely caused by climate change, scientists think that more intense storms may happen in the future due to global warming.
  • Policymakers can protect citizens by investing in climate resiliency efforts and infrastructure.

“‘Most recent storm systems don’t hold a candle to the kinds of extreme prolonged storms of the last century,’ said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. ‘They do, however, point in the direction of the episodes of hydro-climate we can expect to see more of due to global warming.'”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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