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As extreme downpours trigger flooding around the world, scientists take a closer look at global warming’s role

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🗞️ Driving the news: Heavy rains wreaked havoc in several countries including Libya, Greece, Spain, and Hong Kong this September, with thousands losing their lives, especially in the city of Derna, Libya
• This rise in extreme rain and flooding incidents globally is prompting urgent discussions about the impact of climate change on weather patterns

🔭 The context: There's a notable increase in severe weather events, including landslides and floods in varied regions like the Himalayas to California
• Experts in climate science and civil engineering are exploring how climate change is linked to these extreme events to develop strategies to manage their impacts

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The increase in severe rainfall events due to global warming affects communities, environments, and essential water supplies
• It's crucial to adapt to these changes to protect the large populations living in regions prone to these extreme weather events, particularly in mountainous areas

⏭️ What's next: Ongoing research on the effects of climate change on extreme weather will inform future strategies, infrastructure plans, and global policies on climate change
• Immediate and cooperative action is crucial to mitigate risks and safeguard communities from the growing threats of severe weather

📈 One stat: The recent study in focus points to a potential 15% increase in the intensity of rainfall for every 1 C (1.8 F) of warming in high-latitude and mountain regions, indicating a faster-than-expected increase in regions like the Himalayas, Alps, and Rockies

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