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Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S.

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change is significantly disrupting the water cycle, affecting water circulation between the ground, oceans, and atmosphere
• This imbalance leads to extreme weather conditions, including precipitation, flooding, drought, and water contamination across the U.S

🔭 The context: The water cycle, crucial for Earth's climate system, is being altered by global warming
• This affects water's movement and availability, with increasing scarcity in some areas and intensified rainfall and floods in others
• Human activities further stress the water cycle, impacting drinking water, agriculture, and more

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These disruptions have profound environmental and social impacts, including altered ecosystems, threatened water supplies, and increased risk of natural disasters
• Climate change's influence on the water cycle exacerbates these issues, highlighting the urgent need for sustainable water management and climate action

⏭️ What's next: As the planet continues to warm, the challenges associated with water cycle disruption are expected to increase
• Efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt water management practices will be critical in addressing these future challenges

📈 One stat: "Global temperatures in 2023 were 2.43 degrees higher than preindustrial times," indicating the rapid pace of climate change

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