Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Record Torrential Rainfall Linked to Warming Climate

Devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 killed hundreds of people and led to a severe outbreak of cholera. (Image Credit: Saleem Shaikh) Click to Enlarge.
If you think you’re getting an unusually hard soaking more often when you go out in the rain, you’re probably right.

A team of scientists in Germany says record-breaking heavy rainfall has been increasing strikingly in the last 30 years as global temperatures increase.

Before 1980, they say, the explanation was fluctuations in natural variability.  But since then they have detected a clear upward trend in downpours that is consistent with a warming world.

The scientists, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), report in the journal Climatic Change that this increase is to be expected with rising global temperatures, caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.

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