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Why rain is getting fiercer on a warming planet

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change, amplified by rising greenhouse gas levels, is increasing the frequency and intensity of rainfall, leading to hazardous floods globally
• The mechanism behind this involves the Earth’s increased reliance on evaporative cooling, which results in more intense precipitation events

🔭 The context: This shift is not just about increased rainfall; it's about the rapid and intense nature of these rainfalls
• Current infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle the torrential downpours, which can lead to severe and widespread damage, especially in areas with high elevations and mountainous regions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The alteration in precipitation patterns and intensities exacerbates existing climatic vulnerabilities, impacting ecosystems and communities
• The transformation in rainfall, coupled with the lack of adequate infrastructure, poses significant risks and necessitates urgent adaptive and mitigative strategies

⏭️ What’s next: The focus is on developing "spongier" cities with adaptive infrastructures, featuring fewer impermeable surfaces and more green spaces, to manage the heightened rainfall effectively and to mitigate the impacts of extreme precipitation events in the coming decades

💬 One quote: “We definitely need to change the way we design new infrastructure to be consistent with the change that global warming is bringing,” (Mohammed Ombadi, climate scientist)

📈 One stat: Extreme precipitation is increasing by 15% for every 1 degree C of warming in high latitudes and mountainous regions, more than double what was previously estimated

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