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.