Study Detects Human Impact on China’s Climate

A study recently published in AGU’s Geophysical Research Letters “directly links greenhouse gas emissions with warmer temperature extremes in a single country, rather than on a global scale.” The paper entitled, “Detecting human influence on extreme temperatures in China”, presents “vast amounts of data that the research team extracted” from 2400 weather stations in China, gathered between 1961 and 2007, noted Xuebin Zhang, an author on the paper. Zhang admits that “actually seeing a warming trend in a single location is hard….. You need a lot of data to distill the day-to-day weather noise from the general trend.” This paper provides evidence of human impact on China’s already challenged climate, specifically the current heat waves and drought occurrences. Read more details pertinent to the study on the AGU website.



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