PressTV – Climate change threatens half of all Americans: NOAA

Posted by Trish Riley, January 30, 2013

2012 has been the warmest and second most-extreme year on record for the contiguous US. Roughly 50 percent of Americans live in waterside communities and are under threat from the coastal effects of climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA said in a study released on Tuesday.The federal agency said that Americans living on the coast – with numbers expected to grow – face injury to persons and property due to rising flood risks, extreme weather and increasing sea levels amid erratic climate conditions.The study went on to caution that an extreme change in weather could specifically boost rains and flooding in the northeastern region, as well as increase heat-related deaths and diseases in warmer areas.The hazards are multiplied by human manipulation of coastal ecosystems, causing “toxic algal blooms”, exhausted fish supplies, and loss of habitat and coral reefs, NOAA warned.

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