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Population And Wealth, More Than Climate, Drive Soaring Costs Of U.S. Flood Damage

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October 20, 2000
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Societal changes, much more than increased precipitation, spurred a steep rise in the nation's flood-damage costs over the past century, says a new study. "Climate plays an important but by no means determining role in the growth of damaging floods," write researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

BOULDER -- Societal changes, much more than increased precipitation, spurred a steep rise in flood-damage costs in the United States over much of the past century, according to a new study published October 15 in the Journal of Climate. U.S. annual flood losses, adjusted for inflation, rose from $1 billion in the 1940s to $5 billion in the 1990s.


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National Center For Atmospheric Research (NCAR). (2000, October 20). Population And Wealth, More Than Climate, Drive Soaring Costs Of U.S. Flood Damage. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001019191830.htm
National Center For Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "Population And Wealth, More Than Climate, Drive Soaring Costs Of U.S. Flood Damage." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001019191830.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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