As new research emerges, we learn that the chance of floods is higher than previously thought due to climate change. Could we avoid such a thing?
Researchers discussed possible ways of keeping the situation under control, but we’re already experiencing the worst-case scenario.
Here is what you need to know.
Climate Change Strikes Again
A team of researchers examined 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and found some intriguing yet shocking details.
Their results include extreme rainfall in small and urban catchments in a lot of parts of the world, triggered by the increased chance of floods. But that’s not all.
The team’s analysis indicates that gains in daily extreme rainfall rates have been occurring worldwide and on continental scales through the last century and early 20th century. The culprit?
Global warming is to blame, and it’s not going to stop soon, as per researchers findings.
“Global warming means the atmosphere can hold more moisture and could also change the way storms behave; […] could increase the frequency and severity of flooding in many regions,” explains Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, the research lead.
Moreover, the team found that the risk of flash flooding in urban areas has increased significantly in recent decades. Such a thing is very unexpected.
How to prevent it
Researchers discussed possible ways of “controlling” and preventing future havoc. But, things are more complicated than previously believed.
Even if we do something to limit global warming, we first need to improve our understanding of how flooding and extreme rainfall will vary in the future. Such a thing is necessary to adapt better the communities, both rural and urban, to more extreme and frequent events.
Also, raising awareness of climate change is always a great start. Acknowledging the danger we might soon face should make us realize the help won’t come only from climate experts and scientists.