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This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Rising global temperatures have shifted at least twice the amount of freshwater from warm regions towards the Earth’s poles than previously thought as the water cycle intensifies, according to new analysis.

Climate change has intensified the global water cycle by up to 7.4 percent — compared with previous modeling estimates of 2 percent to 4 percent, research published in the journal Nature suggests.

The water cycle describes the movement of water on Earth — it evaporates, rises into the atmosphere, cools, and condenses into rain or snow and falls again to the surface.

“When we learn about the water cycle, traditionally we think of it as some unchanging process which is constantly filling and refilling our dams, our lakes, and our water sources,” the study’s lead author, Taimoor Sohail of the University of New South Wales, said.

But scientists have long known ... Read more