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Report projects more coastal flooding in U.S.

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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