16 May '11, 5pm

Mississippi flood causes billions in damage, while local representatives deny climate threat:

Mississippi flood causes billions in damage, while local representatives deny climate threat:

This is precisely what scientists have warned would come about as greenhouse pollution warms the air and oceans, and industrial agriculture worsens runoff [PDF]. In 1999, scientists found a clear trend of increased flooding [PDF] of the Mississippi River basin because of increasing precipitation. In 2000, the federal government's Climate Assessment warned that "the projected increase in very heavy precipitation events [PDF] will likely lead to increased flash flooding and worsen agricultural and other non-point source pollution as more frequent heavy rains wash pollutants into rivers and lakes," citing the catastrophic 1993 flood of the Mississippi River as an example. The federal government's 2009 climate assessment report warned that greenhouse pollution will cause "more frequent flooding " [PDF] in the Midwest, including the Mississippi River. The EPA endangerment findi...

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