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Tim Radford – Global warming will hit US northeast hard

US scientists provide new reality check for Donald Trump on the combined stresses of global warming and the rising costs of water.

LONDON, 18 January, 2017 – America’s north-eastern states are set to become hotter on average than the rest of the world as a result of global warming.

New research by scientists in the US predicts that even if the nations of the planet do succeed in containing global warming to an average of 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington will be 3°C warmer.

The north-eastern states will have passed the 2°C mark up to 20 years ahead of the rest of the world.

And long before that, climate change and other pressures are likely to have made clean water unaffordable for up to a third of US households, according to a separate US study.

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