[Environment] DISASTERS: FLOODS : COUNTRIES: FRANCE : ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate Change Implicated in France Floods

 

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DISASTERS: FLOODS :

COUNTRIES: FRANCE :

ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:

Climate Change Implicated in France Floods

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Climate Change Implicated in France Floods

The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/06/25/environment/ climate-change-implicated-france-floods/#.V27MjfkrLYU

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PARIS  The torrential rain that caused flooding in France recently bore the unmistakable fingerprint of climate change, according to research recently submitted to a scientific journal.

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Global warming, especially in the past 50 years, had almost doubled the likelihood of the kind of three-day downpour that burst the banks of the Seine and Loire rivers, they calculated.

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At the very least, the probability of such an extreme rainfall event had increased by more than 40 percent.

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We found that we could tie global warming directly to the recent rainstorms in France that triggered so much flooding and destruction, said Robert Vautard, a senior scientist with Frances Laboratory for Climate and Environment Sciences.

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Early this month the Seine hit its highest water mark in three decades, while overflowing tributaries forced evacuations and left tens of thousands of people without power in nearby towns.

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In southern Germany, heavy rain also caused flash flooding that swept away houses and cars. At least 18 people were killed in four European countries.

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Unlike for France, the evidence was not strong enough to establish a direct link between warming and the destructive rainfall in Germany, the researchers said.

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This does not mean that climate change did not play a key role, only that observations failed to line up with the models well enough to draw similarly robust conclusions.

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Indeed, scientists have been struggling for years to connect the dots between climate change  best measured over centuries  and individual extreme weather events, such as superstorms or droughts.

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