Potsdam, 13 January- A study by a team of scientists in Potsdam indicated that economic growth decreases when the number of wet days increased in comparison to days when extreme precipitation falls.

“We identify a number of distinct effects on economic production, yet the most important one really is from extreme daily rainfall,” Maximilian Kotz, lead author of the study in Potsdam and researcher at the Potsdam Institute, explains.

The analysis, which was carried out by a team of scientists who studied 40 years of data in more than 1.500 regions around the world, indicates that economic growth declines as wettest days increase.

Heated air can soak up more water vapour, which can end in rain.

More precipitation comes down when the planet warms up because the warm air contains more water vapor.

Data analysis of more than 1.500 regions in the past 40 years shows clear causal links; it implies that the increased daily rainfall from climate change caused by burning oil and coal is damaging the global economy.

Other recent extreme precipitation events have been linked to tropical cyclones or storms that cost the US some $101 billion last year.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is a German government-funded research institute addressing crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts, (wikipedia)


Anders Levermann

Climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Columbia University. He is a Professor of the Dynamics of the Climate System at Institute for Physics (wikipedia)

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