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Volume 601 Issue 7892, 13 January 2022

Rain stops gain

The cover shows heavy storms over Ostfriesland in Germany. In general, economic assessments of the effects of climate change do not include daily rainfall. In this week’s issue, Leonie Wenz and her colleagues show that economic growth rates are reduced by increases in the number of wet days and in extreme daily rainfall. The researchers analysed a global panel of subnational economic output for 1,554 regions worldwide over the past 40 years. They also found that high-income nations and the services and manufacturing sectors were most hindered by daily rainfall. They suggest that increased extreme rainfall driven by climate change will have a detrimental effect on the global economy.

Cover image: Rolf Poetsch/Chromorange/Alamy

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