Climate change might have made Harvey rainfall 15 percent more intense

Scientists from World Weather Attribution, including researchers from Rice University and other institutions in the United States and Europe, found that human-caused climate change might have made the record rainfall that fell over Houston during Hurricane Harvey roughly three times more likely and 15 percent more intense. The study shows that storms like Harvey are more likely in today's climate. The findings suggest that engineers and policymakers consider that flooding hazards are changing, and that those changes should be taken into account in the design of critical infrastructure.

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