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Climate Change Brings Increased Risk of Flooding

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Forest fires, rising sea levels and melting ice all link back to climate change. Yet what about flooding?

 

There are three common types of floods, including storm surge, river and flash events. Could climate change increase the risk of all of them? Flooding is not merely due to changes in precipitation.

 

The local environment and infrastructure play a major role, too. For example, heavily developed areas that have a higher density of paved surfaces are more inclined to accumulate water.

 

Similarly, structures built in flood zones or low-lying areas are at a higher risk.

 

The long-term effects of flooding on low-income neighborhoods are especially noteworthy and worth studying when it comes to building more resilient communities. 

 

Because there are so many external factors at play, it can be challenging (...)

 

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