Report predicts worrying climate change trends

February 19, 2015 6:34 AM

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The report details how drastic the impending weather changes will become. Annual precipitation is expected to increase 4 to 11 percent by 2050, suggesting not only more everyday rain in future years but also the potential for more powerful storms. Even more alarming is the rapid rise of sea levels — an expected increase of 11 to 21 inches by 2050, which will greatly increase the risk of damaging floods. Coupled with the more extreme weather that results from global warming, city-crippling storms like Hurricane Sandy would become more frequent and more destructive.

Since 2007, New York City has tried to address concerns about the city’s future, including climate change and an aging infrastructure, through PlaNYC. The city planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, but is now scheduled to reach this goal by 2017. While it...

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