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The time for dismissing extreme weather as just “natural variability” is over

The intensity of Hurricane Harvey has almost certainly been worsened by human-made climate change

By Philip Ball  

Photo: Yin Bogu/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

A word of advice: if you want to deny facts about nature, make them ones that don’t affect our everyday lives. For as Richard Feynman famously quipped (in the context of the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986), “Nature cannot be fooled.” It’ll be less embarrassing to have claimed that our planet is just 6,000 years old than to have…

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