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Climate Change Heat Waves

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The good folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have just released their temperature measurements for July. And if you thought it’s been hot lately, it’s not just you. Turns out July of 2012 was the hottest month on record in North America.

Meanwhile a couple of climate change studies have come out recently suggesting that heat waves are related to increased carbon dioxide and that we can expect more of them in the future. That may seem like what you’ve heard people saying for years but now there’s mounting data to confirm it.

Nevertheless, few people are expecting much political action at the Congressional or presidential level, or for that matter at United Nation’s international climate change summit.

We’ll ask why not — and dig a bit deeper into relationship between climate change and odd weather events, something the director of OSU’s Climate Change Research Institute, Phil Mote, calls “hot new science.”

What questions do you have about the relationship between extreme weather and human activity?

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OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 10, 2012