On our current trajectory, climate change is expected to intensify over the coming decades.
Strikingly, this amount of warming is actually less than would be expected if all currently known fossil fuel resources were consumed.
Were this to occur, total future warming would be 14.5°F (8°C), fueled largely by the world’s vast coal resources.
The United States will not be insulated from a changing climate.
If global emissions continue on their current path, average summer temperatures in 13 U.S. states and the District of Columbia would rise above 85°F (29.4°C) by the end of the 21st century, well above the 76 to 82°F (24 to 28°C) range experienced by these same states during the 1981–2010 period (Climate Prospectus n.d.).
Climate change will lead to increased flooding, necessitating migration away…
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