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REPORT: Climate change leaves American cities vulnerable to water woes

28 Jul 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Water, Climate Change

American cities face particular vulnerability to a variety of water-related issues due to climate change, a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report released Tuesday revealed.

The report, which examined 12 cities across the U.S., found that increasingly volatile weather conditions are disrupting water supplies and stressing waterway infrastructure like never before. “This report makes clear that some of the first, most profound and far-reaching impacts of climate change are water-related, affecting the water we drink, fish, and swim in,” said Michelle Mehta, an attorney for NRDC’s Water Program and a principal author of the report. “In the future, we can expect increased violent storms, drought and rising seas, so communities nationwide, regardless of size, should get plans up and running to reduce their unique vulnerabilities and prepare for impacts.”

The challenges of climate change vary depending on geography, the report specifies. Coastal cities face increasing concerns over rising sea levels, while in the Midwest drought is a more prevalent issue.

The NRDC graphic below details the exact challenges facing each of the examined cities:

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