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Global Warming Tied to Heat Wave; Lawsuits Loom

A new study in the journal Nature finds that global warming probably contributed to Europe's killer heat wave of 2003. Some experts say the evidence from such studies could potentially be used in court against utilities and other companies that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. NPR's Richard Harris reports.

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.