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- According to Researchers, Global heating to drive stronger La Niña and El Niño events by 2030.
Comprehensive Article on ENSO: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/enso-39
Findings of new Research
- Researchers have analysed 70 years of reliable sea surface temperature records in the Pacific Ocean to model changes in the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (Enso) under current projections of global heating.
- Previous research had suggested that climate change-driven variability of ENSO events would not be detectable until 2070.
- New findings: ENSO variations would be detectable about 40 years earlier than suggested by previous modelling.
- We should be more prepared for prolonged droughts and extreme flooding in the future.
- Flooding is more destructive than drought in terms of infrastructure, but drought is very impactful in terms of agriculture – both sides of the coin have substantial economic losses.