Climate change also leads to sea level rise. Some estimates expect sea levels to rise between 20 and 39inches by the end o the century.
Higher sea levels will contribute to greater storm surges, which magniy the fooding eects o severestorms on coastal communities.
Tese eects on extreme weather are already underway. From 1958-2010 the Northeast experienced a 74% increase in the amount o precipitation that has allen in heavy rainall events.
From 2000-2009, the United States experienced 19 hurricanes, compared to only 14 hurricanes inthe 1990’s.
Extreme precipitation levels have been linked with an increase in cases o waterborne diseases.
Climate change is expected to cause a greater requency o droughts
Since 2000, the United States experienced 9 droughts that caused over $1 bil-lion in damage. Conversely, there were only 8 in the previous two decades combined.
(All dollar values are adjusted or infation).
Te ederal government pays out indem-nities to armers with crop insurance. Tecost o indemnities has surged in the pastdecade. More severe drought, particularly in 2012, has steadily increased govern-ment expenditures.
Climate scientists project that higherglobal temperatures and altered precipita-tion will lead to an increase in requency and duration o severe droughts in the u-ture, particularly in the Great Plains andSouthwest regions o the United States.
Rising temperatures, more severe droughts, and less precipitation will increase the risk o wildres, making them more requent and more intense.
Prolonged seasons o drought and higher temperatures leave orests more prone to wildres.
Higher temperatures and reduced precipitation will threaten orests across the country.