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How did climate change affect that extreme weather event?

Record-breaking heat and heavy downpours are just two types of extreme weather that are on the rise as Earth has warmed. While climate change is never the sole factor in any particular extreme weather event, teasing out its role can help government officials and businesses assess changing risks and better plan for the future. Watch this short animated video from the National Academies explain how the science of extreme weather event attribution is like baking cookies.

The video is based on Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.