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PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: What places in Providence are most at risk from climate change?

PROVIDENCE — It’s no secret that Providence is at risk from climate change. 

There are numerous reports detailing the vulnerability of the Port of Providence, the downtown and other low-lying areas to storm surges and tidal flooding. Other studies detail the risks of heat exposure and respiratory illnesses in such neighborhoods as Elmwood and Washington Park as temperatures rise.

But environmental experts and civic leaders say the city is facing another big risk: that without a coordinated plan that prioritizes places in the city that are most vulnerable and details what protections they need, Providence could lose out on federal infrastructure funds that are expected to soon be made available under a new administration in Washington that has made confronting climate change a priority.

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