Climate change may carry a higher risk of flooding than was previously thought.
According to BBC News, “Efforts to calculate flooding risk from climate change do not take into account the effect carbon dioxide (CO2) has on vegetation. Higher atmospheric levels of this greenhouse gas reduce the ability of plants to suck water out of the ground and ‘breathe’ out the excess?Their reduced ability to release water back into the atmosphere will result in the ground becoming saturated.”
Global warming also creates more rain. In LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson writes that NASA is reporting that “Global warming will make severe thunderstorms and tornadoes a more common feature of US weather.”
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