Global Warming Could Make NYC Hotter, Wetter

Report says city must adapt to global warming

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Global Warming Could Make NYC Hotter, Wetter

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Global warming could affect water levels around New York, including near Central Park.

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Water levels around New York City could rise by 2 feet or more in the coming decades and average temperatures will likely go up at least 4 degrees.

     That's according to a report released Tuesday by a panel of scientists convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    
The report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change says the city must adapt to global warming or risk having to rebuild facilities after flooding.
    
Bloomberg and panel members released the report at a wastewater treatment plant on the Rockaway peninsula. The facility is preparing for climate change by raising equipment higher off the ground.
    
According to the report, New York City can expect more storms, more days with the temperature over 90 degrees and fewer sub-freezing days over the next century.

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