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Brazilian big cities to get warmer and drier

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The empty Cantareira reservoir, in São Paulo

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report showing a pessimistic scenario in which global warming would take average atmosphere temperatures up 4ºC by 2100. This would mean a 9ºC bump in summer temperatures, which would cut rainfall in Brazil’s largest cities São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and in Santos, home of the country’s busiest port. In these areas, minimum temperatures would still be 4ºC higher, with warmer winters.

These terrible projections are in a study published by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), the University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Natural...

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