Climate Change Will Increase Extreme Precipitation Levels

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Climate experts have recently reported findings that point to a strong correlation between the rising global mean temperature and the severity of extreme precipitation. The paper in question was authored by a research team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They found that as the earth warms as a result of higher concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, evaporation rates dramatically increase. This results in higher humidity levels and, thus, more dramatic downpours during significant storms. The team also found that if greenhouse gases remain at their current levels, water vapor content in the atmosphere “will jump 20% to 30% in the final decades of the century.”

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Marcus Fernandez
Chapter 19

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