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By the time some of the top climate scientists published their research into the possible links between the 2003 heat wave in France and global warming, five years had passed.

That was so last decade.

Fast forward to the Texas drought and heat wave of 2011. Peer-reviewed research into a connection between that event and climate change took less than a year to publish.

The research was led by Oregon’s state climatologist Philip W. Mote. His official title is director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

That new research recently made international news. It’s part of a study distributed by the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

Mote’s paper concluded global warming is 20 times more likely to be the cause of last year’s prolonged heat wave in Texas than it could have been in the 1960s, when less greenhouse gases had been released into the atmosphere.

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