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Is the amount of water in the world increasing as we burn fuel?

Sun, 20th May 2007

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Question

Tony, Bury St Edmunds. asked:

Is the total amount of water in the world increasing as we burn more fuel?

Answer

Yes, but as the temperature of the atmosphere increases, it can hold more water vapour.  This means that there will be more gaseous water in the atmosphere, but not necessarily more liquid water on the ground.

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