Increased Chances of Devastating Heatwatves, Study Finds


Long-lasting and intense heatwaves are more than twice as likely in USA because of climate change, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change.

Researchers from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh and Stockholm University, examined the devastating ‘Dust Bowl’ era in the USA and compared it to present day conditions.

Lead author Tim Cowan is a researcher with USQ’s Centre for Applied Climate Sciences, working on the Queensland Government’s Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP).

“The 1930s heatwaves in America were thought to be extremely rare events (once in a hundred years),” he said.

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