NYC can expect big storms more frequently now
New York City can expect to be hit by bigger storms on a much more frequent basis according to a new study by the New York City Panel on Climate Change. The city's average temperature could rise by about 7.5 degree Fahrenheit this century alone, and the storms that only used to occur once in a hundred years, will now occur about every 15 years.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg requested the study to be done to educate the city as to what is happening to it. The study used information from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.
"The climate change projections developed by our expert panel put numbers to what we already know -- climate change is real and could have serious consequences for New York if we don't take action," Bloomberg said.
"We cannot wait until after our infrastructure has been compromised to begin to plan for the effects of climate change," he said.
The extreme storms include heat waves, floods, coastal flooding and droughts and some of these events could even occur every one to three years.
Global temperatures could rise by 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius (2.0 to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit).