Report projects more coastal flooding in U.S.

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Climate change is projected to cause coastal and river flooding in the northeastern United States, compromising infrastructure and increasing the vulnerability of the region’s residents, according to a draft report on the effects of climate change that a federal advisory panel released last week.

U.S. temperatures will rise between 2 and 4 degrees in most areas in the next few decades, according to the draft report. Sea levels are expected to rise between 1 and 4 feet globally by 2100, the draft says. Nearly 5 million Americans live within 4 feet of local high-tide levels, according to the report.

Heat waves, extreme precipitation events and flooding in the Northeast will pose a challenge to the region’s environmental, social and economic systems, according to the draft.

“While a majority of state and several municipalities have begun to incorporate the risk of climate change into their planning activities, implementation of adaptation is still at early stages,” the draft says.

Click here for a report on the draft by Bloomberg and click here to review the full draft.

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2 comments on “Report projects more coastal flooding in U.S.

  1. Mike A

    C’mon, Bloomberg as if that’s a reliable source for info on “climate change”!

    NOAA scientists finally concluded that four factors determined global temperatures: carbon dioxide levels, volcanic eruptions, Pacific El Niño pattern, and the Sun’s activity.

    There is undeniable historical evidence that long-term periods of global cold, rainfall, drought, and other weather shifts relate to solar cycle activity:

    Times of depressed solar activity seem to correspond with times of global cold. For example, during the 70-year period from 1645 to 1715, few, if any, sunspots were seen, even during expected sunspot maximums. Western Europe entered a climate period known as the “Maunder Minimum” or “Little Ice Age.” Temperatures dropped by 1.8 to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Times of increased solar activity have corresponded with global warning. During the 12th and 13th centuries, the Sun was active, and the European climate was quite mild.

    We are now into a normal increased solar flare cycle. When I was a kid we were having a cooling trend and all the alarmist were calling for an ice age because of all our pollution. 10 years from now they’ll be saying the same thing.

    Al (jazerra) Gore will still be at.

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