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Assigning historic responsibility for extreme weather events

Recent scientific advances make it possible to assign extreme events to human-induced climate change and historical emissions. These developments allow losses and damage associated with such events to be assigned country-level responsibility.

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Figure 1: Percentage increase in Argentinian heatwave risk due to individual regions' greenhouse gas emissions.


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F.O., M.A. and J.F. had the idea for the paper. F.O., R.S., J.F. and T.B. designed the experiments. F.O. and R.S. conducted the experiments. All authors wrote the paper.

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Otto, F., Skeie, R., Fuglestvedt, J. et al. Assigning historic responsibility for extreme weather events. Nature Clim Change 7, 757–759 (2017).

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