The evidence of how climate change is already affecting our world seems to grow more pronounced with every passing day. At least 2,000 cows at a Kansas feedlot were killed this week by excessively high temperatures, as the latest record-breaking spring heat wave pushed east across the country. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service advised more than one-third of the U.S. population to remain indoors to protect themselves against that same potentially deadly combination of heat and humidity. On Monday, 10,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park had to be evacuated after an excess of rainfall unprecedented for June. Research has linked rising global temperatures to higher levels of atmospheric moisture, what’s known as the Clausius-Clapeyron relation. When conditions are right, that excess moisture is released, causing severe downpours and storms like the ones that hit the Midwest this week. Meanwhile, the extreme drought that has gripped the American West continues apace.
By David Knowles. Yahoo!News. June 17, 2022.
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