China hit by deadly flooding, severe droughtOn what basis do officials conclude that any extreme weather event (or collection of events) can be attributed to the "affects [sic] of climate change"? We see from the article itself that the drought conditions in the stated regions are not unprecedented, merely uncommon. Deadly floods are certainly not rare in China either.
Torrential rain in southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides that have left 21 dead, while a neighbouring region is suffering its worst drought in 60 years, state media reported Friday.
[...] More than 360 people have been hurt and 112,000 evacuated in the disasters in a region that only last year endured its worst drought in half a century.
Meanwhile, more than 1.6 million people in Gansu province to the north face drinking water shortages due to the worst drought there since the 1940s.
[...] China last year suffered a range of extreme weather events including exceptionally strong typhoons, floods, and droughts, which meteorological officials have partly attributed to the affects of climate change.
As we saw in a previous post, there is also nothing unusual about the intensity of modern hurricanes and typhoons -- most important is where they hit.
All of that matters little, because the attitude presented by pundits and politicians around the world is: if it's the least bit anomalous, of course it's due to AGW.