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Climate change is a growing problem, and we can see its effect in New York City. New York is seeing an annual rise in temperature and an increase in precipitation. The increase in precipitation can cause sea levels on the coasts of the five boroughs to rise. This could lead to flooding for people who live near the ocean and waterways of New York City. Our water infrastructure could be damaged by flooding, reducing our access or healthy drinking water.

            According to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation the average annual temperature has risen about 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1970. Warmer temperatures can lead to health risks. Stronger heat waves in the summer has known to cause strokes in people with heart disease or other life-threatening complications for people with chronic illnesses. With an increase in temperature, you can possibly find more disease-ridden insects. Air pollution is another effect of increased temperatures. It can cause complications for people with respiratory issues such as asthma.

An increase of precipitation can cause numerous problems for New Yorkers. A more humid environment can escalate to more mold growth in the city.

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Over the past few years New York City has been trying to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. An article from Columbia University has informed us about the ways New York City is preparing for climate change. The city has moved some public transportation to more cleaner fuels such as electricity, natural gas, hybrids, and solar power as well as more cleaner fuels used in buildings. Architects and designers must follow stricter building codes aimed at reducing climate change. Light color roofs and solar panels are some of the solutions to lessen the effects of warmer temperatures. New York City has also reinforced our underground systems to protect our subway lines and sewer systems.

Work Cited:

Department Of Environmental Conservation. “Impacts of Climate Change in New York.”

www.dec.ny.gov/energy/94702.html.

Cho, Renee. “How New York City Is Preparing For Climate Change.” 26AD,

blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2019/04/26/new-york-city-preparing-climate-change/.Over the past few years New York City has been trying to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. An article from Columbia University has informed us about the ways New York City is preparing for climate change. The city has moved some public transportation to more cleaner fuels such as electricity, natural gas, hybrids and solar power as well as more cleaner fuels in

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