Summer temps soon to be more extreme

October 21st, 2011

A study authored by Bruce Anderson, associate professor of geography and environment, published in the journal Climatic Change, has found that summertime temperatures across much of the planet will soon become more extreme.

According to Anderson, the scientific community has determined that if future warming of the earth is limited to about 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 degrees Fahrenheit), it would help avoid many of the worst-case scenario impacts of global climate change.

Anderson looked specifically at the impact this level of warming would have on summertime temperatures and determined that within the next several decades, extremely hot summers, much like the one that just ended, will soon be the norm rather than the exception even if that 2 degrees Celsius threshold is avoided.

Contact Anderson at 617-353-4807;  brucea@bu.edu.


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