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Cities Face Rising Flood, Drought Risk Even With No Climate Change

Published in Global Environmental Change, the study presents first-ever global forecasts of how the¬†exposure of urban land to floods and droughts¬†may change due to urban expansion in the near future. In 2000, about 30 percent of the global urban land (over 75,000 square miles) was located in the high-frequency flood zones; by 2030, this will reach nearly 40 percent (280,000 …