07/08/2010 // Washington, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – A new study suggests a surge of heat waves may be on the horizon. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), scientists say heat waves will become more frequent as time progresses with continuing global warming.
Noah Diffenbaugh, an assistant professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford, is quoted by the AP as noting in a statement, “In the next 30 years, we could see an increase in heat waves like the one now occurring in the eastern United States or the kind that swept across Europe in 2003 that caused tens of thousands of fatalities.”
Researchers of the Stanford University study are further quoted as reporting, “Occurrence of the longest historical heat wave further intensifies in the 2030-2039 period, including greater than five occurrences per decade over much of the western U.S. and greater than three exceedences per decade over much of the eastern U.S.”
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