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Scientists warn that the world is unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of climate disasters caused by human-driven global heating. This year has a one in three chance of being even hotter than the hottest year in history. The extreme heat is largely attributed to human activity, such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation, along with natural factors like El Nino. The higher the global temperature, the greater the risk of fires and flooding.
The hottest year in history has been followed by the warmest ever January.
In Chile, forest fires claimed over 120 lives, partly due to a decade-long drought and the shift from diverse natural forests to vulnerable monoculture plantations. In California, an atmospheric river caused unprecedented rainfall, resulting in a state of emergency being declared. While the precise attribution to human-driven climate disruption is still to be determined, these calamities fit into the broader trend of climate-related disasters.
Attribution studies will be needed to ascertain the precise extent to which these particular calamities were driven by human-driven climate disruption.