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Humans, climate and streamflow

Changes in river discharge due to climate change are highly uncertain, and a recent study used a global streamflow dataset to assess whether such trends are detectable. Streamflow changes occurred more often in basins impacted by human disturbances than in pristine ones, and there was no clear signal from climate change alone.

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Fig. 1: The community of Insul, Germany, on 22 July 2021.

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Villarini, G., Wasko, C. Humans, climate and streamflow. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 725–726 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01137-z

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