Climate Change Predictions in Bolivia

Droughts and floods

For every extra degree of heat, the amount of water in the atmosphere rises 7% because hot air can have more water vapor than cold air. The atmosphere today has 5% more water than in the 70s, so now there is a higher risk of torrential rains that can cause flooding in places like Beni, northern La Paz and Pando. The force of these floods is increased by deforestation in the Yungas and in the Chaparé, because there is less vegetation to retain the water, curb the currents and stabilize the riverbeds. Therefore, the risk of mudslides and road blockages has also increased.