In 10 seconds? Extreme weather and its impacts are often attributed to human-caused climate change, while researchers are looking for solid proof of cause and effect. A new paper develops and examines a technique for this, but questions remain regarding its applicability.

What does this research say? Its goal was to offer a better way to establish to what extent human activity drives extreme weather events. And, the authors believe that their method improves on the ‘classic attribution framework’. Thus, experts would be able to determine the human factor in certain compound events - for example, in the case of extreme heat stress and air pollution - and help assess the compound risk linked to climate change.

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