By South Florida Business Journal
- More than 1,100 U.S. counties â¿¿ more than one-third of all counties in the lower 48 states â¿¿ face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming, and more than 400 of these counties will be at extremely high risk for water shortages.
- The states with greatest risk are in the Southwest and Great Plains. Those with some risk are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
- While detailed modeling of climate change impacts on crop production was beyond the scope of the Tetra Tech analysis, the potential scale of disruption is reflected based on the value of the crops produced in the 1,100 at-risk counties.
He called for Congress "to pass meaningful legislation that cuts global warming pollution and allows the U.S. to exercise global leadership on the issue."The news release said water withdrawal is expected to grow by 25 percent in many areas of the U.S., including the arid Arizona/New Mexico area; the populated areas in the South Atlantic region; Florida; the Mississippi River basin; and Washington, D.C., and surrounding regions. Click here for a summary of the report and related links. Copyright 2010 American City Business Journals http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2010/07/19/daily34.html?ana=thestreet