Wild Weather Heats Up More Global Warming Claims

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The recent record-setting heat wave and severe weather across the nation is responsible for scores of deaths, and some scientists claim it's all because of climate change.

At least 45 deaths have been blamed on the heat and strong storms that followed.

So just how hot was it?

The blazing temperatures caused a plane to sink into the melting runway at Reagan National Airport. Severe heat also caused a manhole to explode in New York City. The blast sent flames shooting up the side of a building.

Weather was even to blame for a softened railroad tie that led to a derailment in Northbrook, Ill. Union Pacific claimed the intense heat created a "track defect."

Experts now warn the heat wave could cost Americans more money in the grocery store. The price of meat, cereal, and packaged items may soon go up thanks to withering heat and drought in the corn belt.

"This is about as bad I've seen," Illinois farmer Larry Dallas said. "We need two or three inches immediately, I would say, and then an inch a week after that."

"I assume some day it will rain. But we are running out of time," Gene Barkley, another farmer, added.

Also on the rise are news reports claiming the heat wave was because of global warming.

ABC News featured climate scientist Dr. Heidi Cullen of Climate Central saying, "As the planet warms we expect to see a lot more heat, a lot more drought, and a lot more heavy rainfall in certain places."

"There may not be a tipping point this year or next year, but the odds just keep growing," Cullen added.

Some are also warning that coastal cities will be underwater by 2050.

Despite those scientific claims of global warming, other research continues to show otherwise.

A new study released this week by a German University used tree rings to show that the earth used to be warmer, and has been in a cooling period for most of the last 2,000 years.

Recent data also shows that a rise in sea level has not accelerated because of so-called man-made global warming.

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