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Flood, drought risks must be managed, with or without climate change
Flood, drought risks must be managed, with or without climate change

In one case a major metropolis was flooded within hours, leaving thousands homeless, millions without power, transportation and businesses shut down, and a mass human crisis. In the other case, three years of sunshine and blue skies have left water supplies at record lows, crops shriveled and, for the most unfortunate, taps dry. It may seem that Superstorm Sandy in the New York area and the current California drought do not have anything in common, but they do. Understanding why can teach us how to reduce the future risks we face. In California and the wider American West and in New York and the Northeast, there is a history of development without regard to environmental risk. In New...

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