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Is there a connection to climate change and weather? A committee from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a two-day public workshop focusing on the science that explains how specific extreme weather events relates to human-caused climate change or to natural variability.


1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 21, and from Thursday, Oct 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT  at the Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 

Space is limited. Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.  Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live video webcast at www.national-academies.org.

Studies evaluating climate change impact on specific weather events several months or longer after an event occurred, but certain groups hope to develop a rapid attribution system that could conceivably complete such an analysis within a few days.

The staff at Climatecommunication.org believe that “all weather events are now influenced by climate change because all weather now develops in a different environment than before. While natural variability continues to play a key role in extreme weather, climate change has shifted the odds and changed the natural limits, making certain types of extreme weather more frequent and more intense. The kinds of extreme weather events that would be expected to occur more often in a warming world are indeed increasing.”

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