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Climate change adding 50 homers a year in MLB, study says

AP Science Writer

A new study finds that climate change is making major league sluggers into even hotter hitters, sending an extra 50 or so home runs a year over the fences. A study published Friday by Dartmouth College scientists did a statistical analysis of more than 200,000 balls put into play in the last few years. They say climate change added about 1% to the homer totals. The answer is physics — warmer air is thinner, and that’s less resistance on a batted ball. Climate change’s effect is not nearly as much as other factors, but the scientists say it will likely grow as climate change progresses.

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