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U.N.: 2013 extreme events caused by warming Earth

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 24, 2014 at 7:31 a.m.

GENEVA — Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the U.N. weather agency says.

The World Meteorological Organization's annual assessment Monday said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.

A rise in sea levels is leading to increasing damage from storm surges and coastal flooding, as demonstrated by Typhoon Haiyan, the agency's Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said. The typhoon in November killed at least 6,100 people and caused $13 billion in damage to the Philippines and Vietnam.

Australia, meanwhile, had its hottest year on record.

"Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change," Jarraud said.

He also cited other costly weather disasters such as $22 billion damage from central European flooding in June, $10 billion in damage from Typhoon Fitow in China and Japan, and a $10 billion drought in much of China.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 24, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.

As the United States continue Geo Engineering.
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But really, how much did the Oceans level rise?

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djigoo says... March 24, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.

Cue the Flat Earth science-deniers...

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Pobucker says... March 24, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

My likum Science:
Society is doomed, scientists claim
By Marc Lallanilla/
Published March 20, 2014/
LiveScience
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"How, exactly, do powerful empires collapse, and why? Researchers now believe they've found an answer, one that has troubling implications for today because we're clearly on the road to ruin."
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"The scenarios most closely reflecting the reality of our world today are found in the third group of experiments, where we introduced economic stratification," the researchers wrote, referring to uneven wealth distribution. "Under such conditions, we find that collapse is difficult to avoid."
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The scientists say rich people are bad and we should live in tents together and eat grass or else we're all gonna die.

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Pobucker says... March 24, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

"Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per-capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion," they wrote.

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