Russian heat wave had both manmade and natural causes

The heat wave that struck western Russia in summer 2010, killed 55,000 people, broke July temperatures records and caused $15 billion in damage. A new study concludes the devastating heat wave had human and natural causes. Soaring temperatures were found to be within the natural range for a Russian summer, but due to human-induced climate change, the chance of such an extreme heat wave has tripled over the past several decades. For more details, see the AGU Press Release from February 21st, 2012.

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