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CALIFORNIA FACES HEIGHTENED RISK OF MEGAFLOODS 

08-19-2022 15:51

Although California is currently contending with historic drought, a new study indicates that climate change is sharply increasing the risk of a catastrophic megaflood that could submerge large swaths of the state and displace millions of residents.

The study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) finds that the likelihood of such a calamitous flood has already doubled because of climate change. If society were to follow a worst-case climate scenario of emitting greenhouse gasses at a high rate, the state by later this century could expect to experience a catastrophic megaflood about every 30-35 years, instead of just once in two centuries.

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