Water for people and nature in the Southwest has declined during droughts, due in part to human-caused climate change. Intensifying droughts and occasional large floods, combined with critical water demands from a growing population, deteriorating infrastructure, and groundwater depletion, suggest the need for flexible water management techniques that address changing risks over time, balancing declining supplies with greater demands. The integrity of Southwest forests and other ecosystems and their ability to provide natural habitat, clean water, and economic livelihoods have declined as a result of recent droughts and wildfire due in part to human-caused climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions reductions, fire management, and other actions can help reduce future vulnerabilities of ecosystems and human well-being. Many coastal resources in the Southwest have been affected by sea level rise, ocean warming, and reduced ocean oxygen—all impacts of human-caused climate change—and ocean acidification resulting from human emissions of carbon dioxide. Homes and other coastal infrastructure, marine flora and fauna, and people who depend on coastal resources face increased risks under continued climate change.
Climate Change Case Study: Thailand
Hundreds of millions more people than previously estimated live on land at risk from coastal flooding linked to climate change; largest vulnerable populations concentrated in Asia. Projections, analysis, comparisons, and downloadable data and local reports about coastal flood and sea level threats to people, property and infrastructure. For cities, counties, states, ZIPs, and much more. See maps, images, and video fly-overs of the sea levels that different amounts of warming could lock in. Read More. Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since , and the rate of rise is accelerating. Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges.
2015 South India floods
Summer rains in western China have nearly doubled in the past 50 years because of climate change, posing an unexpected threat to Belt and Road Initiative projects in Xinjiang and central Asia, according to a new study. The research team also called for more weather monitoring stations to improve the accuracy of forecasts in the remote region. Zhang Xiaojian, an atmospheric physicist with Nanjing University who led the study, said some precautionary measures should be taken as soon as possible. We recently saw as much rain come down in a few hours as would normally [be expected over] several years.
Bangladesh is a land of many rivers. It is very prone to flooding due to being situated on the Brahmaputra River Delta also known as the Ganges Delta and the many distributaries flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Due to being part of such a basin and being less than 5 metres above mean sea level, Bangladesh faces the cumulative effects of floods due to water flashing from nearby hills, the accumulation of the inflow of water from upstream catchments, and locally heavy rainfall enhanced by drainage congestion. Bangladesh faces this problem almost every year. Coastal flooding , combined with the bursting of river banks is common, and severely affects the landscape and society of Bangladesh.