New Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture for Boston

The city may see a significant rise in sea levels, temperatures, and extreme precipitation.

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Boston is expected to be severely impacted by climate change in the coming years, according to a new report by scientists from the University of Massachusetts and other area institutions.

The study, commissioned by the city, found that if major steps aren’t taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions, then Boston will see a significant rise in sea levels, temperatures, and extreme precipitation at worse rates than researchers previously projected.

The most dire of possible scenarios may include seeing sea levels go up by more than 10 feet by 2100, which could put around 30 percent of the city under water, according to the Boston Globe.

Extreme temperatures may also be in the cards as the report predicts that, in the near future, nearly the entire summer will consist of 90 degree days. While Boston averages around 11 days per year of 90 degree temperatures, that number may go up to 40 by 2030 and as high as 90 by 2070.

A silver lining for residents who hate shoveling out there driveways is that annual snowfall rates are expected to decline by around 50 percent by 2100. The bad news is that the change in precipitation may result in worse individual snow events and ice storms.

There is some hope for the future, as long as significant changes are implemented.

The report states that, with a major reduction in emissions, the rise in sea level can be contained to under two feet. It would also prevent most of the extreme precipitation predictions.

Mayor Marty Walsh, who was recently in China for a climate change summit, told the Globe that the study will help identify the city’s issues as well as aid in coming up with solutions.

“The updated climate projections confirm that we must work together to take bold approaches to prepare Boston for the impacts of climate change,” Walsh said.