CLIMATE CHANGE – Investigating climate change’s ‘humidity paradox’ (Kate Willett, WEF)

Rain falls down on a body of water
Climate change is altering the quantity of water vapour in the air, and it’s throwing nature off-balance. Image: Unsplash/Inge Maria
  • There are two types of humidity: relative, or saturation, and specific, or the amount of water vapour in the air.
  • Scientists have found specific humidity has increased, while relative humidity over many regions has declined.
  • Changes in humidity have substantial knock-on impacts at both the global and local level, including on the strength and frequency of wildfires.