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South Asian monsoon

Tug of war on rainfall changes

Precipitation associated with the South Asian summer monsoon has decreased by approximately 7% since 1950, but the reasons for this are unclear. Now research suggests that changes in land-cover patterns and increased emissions from human activities have contributed to this weakening, which is expected to continue in the coming decades.

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Figure 1: Different anthropogenic factors have competing influences on the South Asian monsoon.


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Singh, D. Tug of war on rainfall changes. Nature Clim Change 6, 20–22 (2016).

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