Climate Change Could Impact Water Pools
Do you live in the Northern Anthracite Field? Consider this climate change data as it potentially relates to the region’s underground water pools:
Rainfall is expected to increase by 10 to 13 percent in the Northeast U.S. by mid-21st century, depending on the level of carbon emissions, according to the National Resources Defense Council.
By the end of the century, rainfall could be as high as 14 to 22 percent above current figures.
Since 1901, global precipitation has increased at an average rate of 0.08 inches per decade, while precipitation in the contiguous 48 states has increased at a rate of 0.17 inches per decade.
Higher temperatures are worsening many types of disasters, including storms, heat waves, floods, and droughts. A warmer climate creates an atmosphere that can collect, retain, and drop more water.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in 2015 there were 10 weather and climate disaster events in the United States — including severe storms, floods, drought, and wildfires — that caused at least $1 billion in losses.
Annual precipitation averages across the United States has increased approximately 4 percent over the 1901–2015 period, according to the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3). Regional differences are apparent, as the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains have had increases while parts of the Southwest and Southeast have had decreases.
The increasing number of droughts, intense storms and floods that the U.S. is seeing as the warming atmosphere holds — and then dumps — more moisture poses risks to public health and safety, according to climate scientists.
Drought conditions jeopardize access to clean drinking water.
A warmer, wetter world is a boon for food-borne and waterborne illnesses and disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.