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From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted Joshua Fu, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and Yang Gao, a graduate research assistant, does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter. The researchers have been interviewed about their study. “These results can be used by policymakers to develop adaptation and mitigation plans for the future,” said Fu in one article. “For example, several nuclear plants on the US east coast had to shut down during July 2012 because of a heat wave. If heat waves continue to increase, large buffers will be needed to provide enough power.”

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