Expert: Climate Change Played Role In 2012 Being Hottest Year on Record for U.S.
January 8, 2013
A Texas Tech University expert in climate change can discuss how last year’s warm
trend is connected to global climate change.
Marred by record-setting superstorms and drought, now scientists are calling 2012
the warmest year on record for the United States. A Texas Tech University expert in
climate change can discuss how last year’s warm trend is connected to global climate
Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University,(806) 742-0015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Natural variability and human-induced climate change play a role in setting records.
- Continued dependence on fossil fuels will increase temperatures and risk of temperature
extremes. Summers such as 2011 and 2012 could become more the norm than the exception.
- “Annual temperature here in the U.S. is affected by two different factors: natural
variability and human-induced climate change. In record-setting years like this one,
natural variability is acting to enhance the warming trend from human-induced climate
- “In other years, the two factors could act against each other. So we don't necessarily
expect next year to be warmer than this one.”
- “We do know, however, that if our carbon emissions continue to grow as they have over
the last decade, at a rate of more than 3 percent each year, our climate will continue
- “Years like this one will become more common and even recent record-setting temperatures,
such as were set this year for the U.S. as a whole, and last year for the states of
Texas and Oklahoma, will be broken in future decades if we continue on our current