According to a new study, air pollution and soot is the cause of China’s worst flood in more than 50 years. A region in the Sichuan province received 94 cm of rain in just five days, resulting in 200 dead and 300 000 IDPs.
The researchers simulated the atmosphere above the heavily industrialized Sichuan region with different levels of emissions. If the air pollution, including smoke, multiple greenhouse gases, and aerosols, was not so severe, rainfall of the storm would have been 60% less.“We were amazed at the scale of the effect the pollution had,” Fan told Science.
Effectively it redistributed the precipitation from the wide area of [...]