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, in addition to heat waves, droughts and other impacts throughout the country, according to a draft report on climate change impacts released by a federal advisory panel on Friday.
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 foot and 4 feet globally by 2100, the draft states. Nearly 5 million Americans live within four 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 states.