This alarming new map shows how climate change is affecting your area
On Tuesday, the Biden administration released a massive national report on climate change, the National Climate Assessment. It offers Americans a glimpse into how the climate in their neighborhood will change in the coming years at the county level.
The interactive NCA atlas, announced during a speech by President Joe Biden on Tuesday, shows how temperature, precipitation, extreme events and more change under different warming scenarios across every county in the United States.
For example, if global average temperatures reached 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the pre-industrial period, DeSoto County, Florida, would see 49 more days above 95 degrees each year than it does now.
Meanwhile, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, would see 25 days below freezing each year if this warming scenario is achieved, which is also the fallback target in the Paris Agreement.
Page County, Virginia, will see eight percent more rain each year, while De Baca County, New Mexico, will see 7 percent less rain.
“Everyone can explore exactly what is happening in their state, city and county,” Biden said.
The National Climate Assessment provides a comprehensive view of the progress the United States has made in addressing climate change, how the country is currently experiencing rising temperatures and the extreme events that accompany them, and what the future will hold under different emissions scenarios.
“The latest National Climate Assessment report finds that every economic sector, every corner of the United States — and every American — is at risk from the impacts of climate change,” said Dan Lashoff, US director of the nonprofit World Resources Institute. , in the current situation. “Climate-fueled disasters are upending livelihoods, disrupting local economies, and threatening public health across the country.”
The interactive atlas shows how many days will be added above 95 or 100 degrees with varying levels of warming, how annual precipitation will change and how much wetter days will become wetter in many places, and how hot the hottest day of the year will be in your county.
The report and atlas come at a critical moment, with the United Nations saying on Tuesday that the world is “severely off track” to meet its climate goals.
“We cannot be complacent,” Biden said Tuesday. “We have to keep going.”