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Binghamton University scientist: climate change is here

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(WBNG) -- Local climate experts believe climate change is happening here in the Southern Tier, and there are specific places you can see it.

This week is Climate Week here in New York and other states across the country. 12 News spoke to a Binghamton University professor today who specializes in flood research.

He said he believes climate change can be seen in the region's streams and rivers. He said even though the two biggest storms happened in 2006 and 2011, modern local flooding goes back a decade earlier.

"In fact, the flood history that's increased in the last few decades goes back to about 1993 and so we had large floods in the area in 93, 96 and some areas around here in 95, and then especially in 2006 and 2011," said Peter Knuepfer, an associate professor of geology and environmental science.

The professor said while no one can be 100% sure of it, he's as confident as any scientist could be that climate change is happening in the Southern Tier, as evidenced by the increasing frequency of large storm events in the area.

Josh Rosenblatt

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