Last year was England’s hottest year since records began. Now a new study shows that this record-breaking year was at least 10-times more likely because of human-caused climate change.
In 2014, England experienced its hottest year since records began in 1659. However, even hotter summers may be in store due to man-made climate change.
By studying temperate changes in England, scientists sought to determine whether human-induced climate change altered the likelihood of very warm years.
Research published in Environmental Research Letters by lead researcher Dr Andrew King of the University of Melbourne, found that human-induced climate change has increased the likelihood of very warm years in England by at least ten times.
Dr King said: “Research showed that there is a significant and a substantial increase in the likelihood of record-breaking warm years, such as 2014, due to human influences on climate.”
Dr Geert Jan van Oldenborgh from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, who co-authored the study said: “Climate change has become so strong over the last 10 to 15 years that you can really sense it now on the local level.
“Fifteen years ago you could only really see it if you looked at the global mean temperature. And now any old thermometer can show you that the temperatures are increasing.”