Arctic ice melt is causing more heatwaves, says Texas study

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A new study conducted in part at Texas State University found that melting Arctic ice is increasing the number of heatwaves in the U.S.

The study, which examined climate data between 1979 and 2016, found that as temperatures in the Arctic sea rise, the number of extreme weather events in the U.S. rise too.

That includes heat waves, droughts and more harsh winters– some of the symptoms climate scientists have predicted would become more frequent due to climate change. 

Although the study did not focus on linking warming Arctic temperatures to climate change, other studies and climate scientist generally agree that the frosty region’s temperature increase and decline in sea ice is a result of man-made global warming.

Texas has already started seeing some of those effects. Last year, Texas experienced the hottest summer ever in the U.S., part of a decade-long trend that has seen the Lone Star State receive more and more hot days. 

In terms of natural disasters, a 2018 government report acknowledged that Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall was made worse by climate change. 

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