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What the historic South Carolina floods can — and can’t — tell us about climate change

The Washington Post

October 6, 2015

The Washington Post - In 2013, after some controversy, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources released a report on risks the state could face due to climate change. One of those risks? “A predicted result of climate change is the increase in intense storm events causing greater water inputs in shorter periods of time, affecting flood frequency and duration,” the report noted.

"As the world warms, more water evaporates from the ocean, as well as lakes and rivers," says Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist from Texas Tech University. "That means that, when a hurricane or a storm system comes along, there is on average more water vapor available for it to pick up and dump on us than there would have been 50 or 100 years ago."

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