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States’ readiness ranked in face of water threats

Reposted from Wall Street Journal April 4, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico, Arizona and more than two dozen other states could face increased threats to water supplies if they don’t do more to plan for rising temperatures and changes in rain and snowfall patterns, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The nonprofit environmental group used the state-by-state analysis to highlight what it sees as a link between greenhouse gas emissions — the pollutants blamed for global warming — and weather changes that could ultimately affect water resources.

“If government officials have a greater appreciation of the impacts they’re facing now and in the pipeline for the future, that will cause them to think again about more support for curbing the pollution and thus slowing the train that’s rushing at them,” David Doniger, the NRDC’s climate and clean air policy director, told reporters during a conference call.

The analysis found that 29 states — nearly 60 percent of the nation — have either done nothing or very little to prepare for water-related effects from climate change.

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