Rain­fall di­vide

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

Cli­mate change is caus­ing ur­ban flood­ing to ac­cel­er­ate as the world’s coun­try­sides dry up, ac­cord­ing to a new study pub­lished in the jour­nal Sci­en­tific Re­ports.

Re­searchers from the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales an­a­lyzed data from rivers and rain­fall gauges in 160 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. They found that a warmer cli­mate causes soil in ru­ral land­scapes to dry out more quickly, leav­ing it less likely to flood. But ur­ban set­tings have far less soil, mak­ing them more prone to floods from the heav­ier down­pours.

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