Climate change will continue to cause profound changes in the water cycle, increasing the risk of flooding, drought, and degraded water supplies for both people and ecosystems. These impacts will disproportionately impact frontline communities. While data and tools for water resources planning are improving, water infrastructure standards and management policies have been slow to meet the new challenges.

    Key points:

  • Climate Change Will Continue to Cause Profound Changes in the Water Cycle
  • Water Cycle Changes Will Affect All Communities, with Disproportionate Impacts for Some
  • Progress Toward Adaptation Has Been Uneven

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