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Feds Say Climate Change Hit Gulf Coast Hard

A new federal report says the Gulf Coast will suffer some of the most severe and long-lasting impact from climate change. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.


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Scientists say climate change is already bringing more heat waves to the South. In the coming decades, some Texas cities will have more than a hundred days each year with temperatures over one-hundred degrees. Tom Karl is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

“Increases in heat related illnesses and death are projected in cities across the nation, especially in high-emission scenarios.”

Even under the best scenario , the report says sea levels will keep rising and more hurricanes will batter the Texas Coast. It predicts that thousands of miles of roads and railways in the region will be under water by the end of the century. Jerry Melillo of the Marine Biological Laboratory says the nation’s economy will suffer as a result.

“Six of the nation’s ten top freight gateways will be threatened by sea level rise. The region is also home to the U.S. oil and gas industry, and two thirds, that is two thirds of all of the US oil imports are transported through this region.”

Thirteen federal agencies participated in the study and the White House released the report after several months of review. The authors urge policy makers to act now to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

From Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco, KUHF-Houston Public Radio.

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