European research highlights five-fold flood risk increase at four degree warming

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Researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute have concluded that a 4 degree C global warming would bring increases in flood risk in excess of 500% to countries representing more than 70% of the global population and global gross domestic product.

Reporting their findings in a paper in Earth’s Future, an open access journal of the American Geophysical Union, the researchers assessed the frequency and magnitude of river floods and the impacts of these for scenarios corresponding to 1.5, 2 and 4 degree C global warming.

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