The global impacts of rising temperatures — including more hurricanes, sea-level rise and drought — will probably sound familiar. But a temperature change of just a couple of degrees can also have dramatic effects locally. Studies have shown that a single-degree rise in temperature can increase local levels of air pollution, allow disease-carrying ticks to expand into an area, cause the local extinction of native species and even cause enough heat stress to increase rates of mental illness.
Have you seen any of these effects in your area? Because we have.
Visit her interactive map to see projected temps right there where you are by 2050, if nothing is done. Bear in mind that her map was created in 2018, and things are getting worse faster than predicted then.
We aren’t helpless, though! Here’s a Climate Activists Roadmap for you. Let’s do this! Mother Earth deserves no less than a fighting chance.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a time/place when/where it is/was very, very hot.