Connecting the nation's weather events to the larger phenomenon of climate change for the first time, a study by scientists at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has shown that human-generated greenhouse gases contributed to the devastating 2000 floods.
With British meteorologists saying that this was also the wettest autumn in more than 230 years of record-keeping, the extreme rains and flooding affected thousands of residents throughout especially England and Wales, damaging nearly 10,000 properties.
In their study, the researchers evaluated regional flood patterns over the past seven years as well as thousands of detailed computer weather simulations to establish the chance of floods occurring with and without greenhouse gases present. Their results, published in the journal Nature, concluded that human-made global warming made flooding twice as likely to occur.
Reviewing the study, expert climatologist Professor Andrew Weaver of Canada's University of Victoria cautioned that continued global warming could lead to worsening conditions as he stated, “We should continue to expect increased flooding associated with increased extreme precipitation because of increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas. And we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
Our appreciation, University of Oxford scientists, for your detailed work in revealing a clear link between extreme weather patterns and human- caused greenhouse gas emissions. May we quickly adopt effective actions to mitigate such impacts and stabilize the ecosphere.
In a video message presented to the Association of Mexican Magistrates Pro Environmental Justice in October 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the alarming rise in climate change-induced floods and other disasters while reminding of the steps needed to reverse them.