The last UN Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is another reminder of the disastrous effects of climate change. While climate projections often look to the future when discussing the worst impacts of climate change, we are in fact already experiencing its effects across the United States. To better understand the impact of climate change on the country, Stacker compiled a list of climate change impacts in each state, using local and national news stories, government reports and scientific journal articles.
Although these impacts are related to weather conditions – for example, heat waves, droughts or storms –individual weather events cannot be attributed to climate change by them selves. Rather, it is when these events are observed as part of larger trends that they can be understood as part of a pattern resulting from climate change.
Across the country, there are trends of rising temperatures, storms of increasing frequency and severity, and more erratic rainfall patterns, causing disruptions to food systems and sometimes even deaths. While the US government has set itself the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030it is clear that the climate emergency is already underway and, alongside emission reductions, mitigating the impacts of climate change must also be a priority.