Our current climate brings plenty of disastrous examples of extreme rainfall. Floods have caused death and displacement around the world, from Sri Lanka to Colombia. In Canada, British Columbia’s unprecedented heavy rains caused mud- and rockslides, putting the province into a state of emergency and displacing 18,000 residents. Germany experienced its worst flooding in 200 years, which killed more than 150 people.

Scientists later found the German floods were up to nine times more likely due to climate change. The heating of the globe—caused by the burning of fossil fuels—intensifies rainfall. Most industries, like agriculture, benefit from more annual precipitation. But a new study has found that as the number of rainy days increases—both in the form of extreme rain and gentle drizzles—economic growth slows. And it found that the impact was more pronounced in wealthier countries. Those effects will likely continue to worsen until the world reaches net-zero emissions.

ur current climate brings plenty of disastrous examples of extreme rainfall. Floods have caused death and displacement around the world, from Sri Lanka to Colombia. In Canada, British Columbia’s unprecedented heavy rains caused mud- and rockslides, putting the province into a state of emergency and displacing 18,000 residents. Germany experienced its worst flooding in 200 years, which killed more than 150 people.

Scientists later found the German floods were up to nine times more likely due to climate change. The heating of the globe—caused by the burning of fossil fuels—intensifies rainfall. Most industries, like agriculture, benefit from more annual precipitation. But a new study has found that as the number of rainy days increases—both in the form of extreme rain and gentle drizzles—economic growth slows. And it found that the impact was more pronounced in wealthier countries. Those effects will likely continue to worsen until the world reaches net-zero emissions.

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