Global Warming Report Sounds Alarm for Flood-Prone Communities

The United
States is seeing more heavy storms and major
floods, and it seems global warming is partly to blame.

The National Wildlife Federation is set to release
“Increased Flooding Risk: Global Warming’s Wake-Up Call for Riverfront
Communities,” a report detailing how global warming is causing more heavy
rainfall events even as America’s over-reliance on levees and other old
strategies for taming rivers sidesteps flooding issues. The report offers a new
course of action for confronting the realities of global warming and shielding flood-prone
from the consequences of unnaturally heavy rainfall.

Perspectives will be provided regarding the latest
scientific research on global warming and flooding, the national flood
insurance program, and recommendations for how to cope with projected changes
and how to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.

Published: July 8, 2009