"Recent reports indicate that climate change is warming the Northeast faster than most other regions in the Northern Hemisphere, and research released by UMass Amherst notes that the Northeast has heated by 3.6 degrees over the past century due in part to the increasing temperature of the Atlantic Ocean.
This warming is already having an enormous impact in the region. According to the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit for the Northeast, among other resources, climate change impacts here include extreme precipitation events (both rain and snow), sea level rise, coastal and river flooding, and severe weather such as high wind events and heat waves, all of which are challenging our environmental, social and economic systems.
Flooding, both coastal and inland, is a major concern. Most Massachusetts counties can expect a 10% to 20% increase in flooding between 2020 and 2050, with an average annual loss increase of more than $5 million over the same period, according to a Jan. 31 article in the journal Nature Climate Change."
Continue reading this MMA article online -> https://www.mma.org/building-climate-resiliency-into-municipal-properties/
Other articles referenced:
- From The Guardian -> https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/23/atlantic-ocean-warming-climate-change
- Climate Resilience Toolkit -> https://toolkit.climate.gov/regions/northeast
- Flood risk mapping issues -> https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01265-6
|Climate-friendly green roofs, like this one at Chicago’s City Hall, can reduce building cooling costs while also absorbing rainfall. (Photo courtesy National Park Service and city of Chicago)|
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