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No place in the US is safe from the climate crisis, but a new report shows where it’s most severe


This report from federal agencies shows that the effects of a rapidly warming climate are being felt in every corner of the US, and will worsen over the next 10 years if fossil fuel use continues. It shows how climate change is making events like heatwaves, droughts, hurricanes, and severe rainstorms more intense and more frequent, as well as how it is exacting an economic toll. It also highlights the need to drastically reduce planet-warming pollution to meet the UN-sanctioned goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and the challenges of water insecurity that different parts of the US are facing.


What are the effects of the rapidly warming climate being felt in the US?
The effects of the rapidly warming climate being felt in the US are disasters such as heatwaves, droughts, hurricanes, severe rainstorms, wildfires, and more.

How can scientists more definitively show how climate change is affecting extreme events?
Scientists can more definitively show how climate change is affecting extreme events by using attribution science.

What states are facing more significant storms and extreme swings in precipitation?
States facing more significant storms and extreme swings in precipitation include California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.

How is climate change exacting a massive economic toll?
Climate change is exacting a massive economic toll by impacting the housing market, causing skyrocketing homeowners' insurance rates, sending food prices soaring, and leading to a 25% loss of physical work capacity for agricultural workers in the Southwest.

What would US planet-warming emissions need to do to be in line with the international 1.5-degree goal?
US planet-warming emissions would need to sharply decline by 6% annually on average to be in line with the international 1.5-degree goal.

AI Comments

👍 This article provides a comprehensive look at how climate change is affecting the US and how we can prepare for the future. It offers important new findings on how scientists can more definitively link climate change to extreme events.

👎 This article does not provide any concrete solutions or viable pathways to mitigate the effects of climate change. It only paints a bleak picture of what is to come without any realistic solutions.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how the effects of climate change are being felt in every corner of the US, and how no part of the US is immune from its effects. It also talks about how scientists can now definitively say when extreme weather events are made worse by climate change, how the US is cutting planet-warming pollution but not nearly fast enough, and how water insecurity is a huge problem for the US.

Friend: Wow, that's really concerning. It's scary to think that no part of the US is safe from climate change.

Me: Yes, it is. And the report makes it clear that the only way to limit the consequences is to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. The report also highlights the economic toll that climate change is exacting on the US, from rising homeowners' insurance rates to skyrocketing food prices.

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Technical terms

Climate Crisis
A global environmental crisis caused by human activities that are leading to an increase in global temperatures and climate change.
Climate Resilience
The ability of a system, community, or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate, and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.
Attribution Science
The scientific study of the causes of climate change, including the role of human activities in altering the climate.
A period of abnormally hot weather that lasts for several days or weeks.
A situation that is very dangerous and could easily lead to a disaster.
A large, destructive wildfire that is difficult to contain and control.
Appalachian States
A region of the eastern United States that includes parts of 13 states, stretching from New York to Mississippi.
A state in the southeastern United States.
West Virginia
A state in the Appalachian region of the eastern United States.
Extreme Weather
Severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes, floods, and heat waves, that are more intense than normal.

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