Climate Change Report: U.S. Edition
If you haven’t gotten to read about the new climate report that just came out after Thanksgiving, here’s some of the highlights.
Low Income and marginalized communities, including reservations, women and people with mental illnesses and/or disabilities will be hit the hardest.
Temperatures, sea levels, and extreme weather events are on the rise and will hinder trade. So, production, manufacturing, and supply chains will be hit.
The Midwest will see a 75% reduction in corn production and 25%+ reduction in soybean yields. Other foodstuffs were not listed, but you can assume they will be hit hard as well and that E.Coli contamination will only get worse with rising temperatures.
Air pollution and ozone will skyrocket along with the health issues they cause.
Food and water-bourne diseases, as well as ticks and lyme disease will skyrocket.
Asthma and allergies will be on the rise.
The Midwest alone could see at least 2,000 premature deaths per year due to temperatures by 2090.
Annual GDP loss will be in the hundreds of billions per year.
Half a billion work hours will be lost due to rising temperatures by 2100. I’m assuming this is per year.
West Nile, Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya cases are expected to rise with West Nile cases doubling by 2050.
6x more forest area burning annually by 2050.
Dependable water will be iffy.
Dependable electricity will be iffy with rolling blackouts and power failures.
Real estate will skyrocket due to migrations caused by rising sea levels.
The Midwest will start to resemble Las Vegas or Phoenix when it comes to days over 100 degrees in the summer. On average at least two months with temperatures over 100 in the summer.
Permafrost melt will cause carbon dioxide and methane to significantly amplify climate change.
No sea ice for the Arctic in summer.