Climate change made Europe’s mega-heatwave five times more likely

Scientists rushed to study whether the scorching temperatures last week were linked to global warming.

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After a series of unusually hot summers, France and other parts of Europe last week experienced another intense heatwave that broke temperature records across the continent.

For one group of climate scientists, the event presented a rare opportunity to rapidly analyse whether the heatwave — which made headlines around the world — could be attributed to global warming. After a seven-day analysis, their results are in: climate change made the temperatures reached in France last week at least five times more likely than they would be in a world without global warming.

By: Quirin Schiermeier/ Nature news

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