Climate change research gets more specific

Growing evidence that the dice are loaded towards ever more severe local weather should make it easier for experts to explain global warming to the public, pin down costs and guide investments.

Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local costs and ways to adapt to freak conditions.

"We're seeing a great deal of progress in attributing a human fingerprint to the probability of particular events or series of events," said Christopher Field, co-chairman of a UN report due in 2014 about the impacts of climate change.

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