Russia’s heat wave “not climate change”

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

Last year’s heat wave in Russia, which wiped out a third of the country’s wheat harvest and drove up global grain prices, was caused by natural weather variations, US scientists have found.

They attributed it to the natural phenomenon of “atmospheric blocking”, Reuters reports, and not human-induced global warming as was initially thought. Nevertheless, extreme weather events like these interfere with the global food supply, and can intensify the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security.

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