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Portions of the world's most densely populated continent, Asia, depend heavily on monsoons to bring the rains upon which agriculture and coastal fisheries depend. Some years, however, those same life-giving rains can bring about great devastation through deadly floods, causing millions to flee their homes.
If the world's climate is warming, will that mean more floods or the danger of drought for southern Asia? The answer may depend, surprisingly, on how climate changes affect ocean currents in the North Atlantic. While recent evidence shows a strengthening of the monsoon over the past 400 years, researchers now believe that a warming climate could, in the long run, have the opposite effect.
Rating the Winds
Over the Indian Ocean and southern Asia, seasonal winds …