EUROPEAN SCIENTISTS SEE MAJOR INFLUENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN RECENT FRENCH FLOODS

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10 june 2016

Quick Analysis Finds Effect of Climate Change in French Floods

During the flooding in Paris, Paris, the Seine River rose about 20 feet above usual.

By HENRY FOUNTAIN, The New York Times JUNE 10, 2016

In this era of global warming, when there is extreme weather like the recent heavy rains that led to flooding in Paris and other parts of France and Germany, the question inevitably comes up: Did climate change play a role?

Not too long ago, the immediate response from most climate scientists would be that while it is generally accepted that global warming will lead to more rain because warmer air can hold more moisture, it is difficult to attribute any one event to climate change. A more detailed answer, perhaps with a definitive conclusion, would come months or years later in a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal.

But scientists in Europe have much more rapidly assessed the role of climate change in the European floods, when parts of France got a month’s worth of rain in a few days in late May.

Their conclusion is that climate change made the flooding in France far more likely. But they were unable to draw a conclusion about Germany.

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