FEMA Study: Climate change to increase flood-prone areas in US

A study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency released this week finds that climate change may increase areas in the U.S. prone to flooding by up 45 percent by the end of the century. The report says that this will vastly increase costs for the agency’s National Flood Insurance Program.

From Mother Jones news:

The report concludes that climate change is likely to expand vastly the size and costs of the 45-year-old government flood insurance program. Like previous government reports, it anticipates that sea levels will rise an average of four feet by the end of the century. But this is what’s new: The portion of the US at risk for flooding, including coastal regions and areas along rivers, will grow between 40 and 45 percent by the end of the century. … The report attributes only 30 percent of the increased risk of flooding to population growth; 70 percent is due to climate change.

Read more of that article here, or download a PDF of the full report here.


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