Providence, RI – A report by Environment Rhode Island links the March flood to a new trend in extreme weather.
A conference held Wednesday brought together U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian with scientists from Brown University and Environment Rhode Island to discuss the danger that Rhode Island faces from global warming.
Whitehouse told the group that Rhode Island can't afford to wait years for change to occur.
"By the time the consequences get to that point where they are so catastrophic that the public is demanding action," says Whitehouse, "the follow-on effects will just get worse and worse for years, even if we stop then."
The report finds that heavy precipitation events in the United States have increased 24-percent from 1948 to 2006, while the sea level along has been rising at a rate of one foot per century along the east coast.