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How climate change has affected each state

Stacker Logo By Stephanie Parker of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: The 2019 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report takes an in-depth look at how climate change is affecting our land—and how land use impacts the climate. On the whole, the news is not positive. The report detailed the negative effects that climate change is having around the world in the form of increasing heat waves, droughts, desertification, and food insecurity. “New knowledge shows an increase in risks from dryland water scarcity, fire damage, permafrost degradation, and food system instability, even for global warming of around 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I. A target of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming is optimistic. In the Paris Climate Accords, which the United States backed out of under President Donald Trump, the goal was to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius; globally, we are not even on track to do that. The increased risks that Masson-Delmotte mentions are already visible in the United States. There are more fires across the West, food system instability across the Midwest, increased water scarcity in the Southwest, and a growing rate of extreme weather events taking place all over. One of the biggest challenges when looking at the impacts of climate change is that it is often not possible to directly connect it to a specific hurricane, flood, drought, or fire. But while several elements go into a specific weather event, we are undoubtedly living through an unprecedented number of "1,000-year storms,” extreme heat waves, and droughts. Stacker compiled a gallery of 50 ways climate change is altering our 50 states by studying state and federal reports, peer-reviewed research papers, and trusted news articles. Of course, each state is experiencing many impacts of climate change, and often all at once. It’s not all terrible news, however: Many of these states are also fighting back against the negative impacts of climate change through actions such as improved agricultural practices, greener buildings, and pledging to rely 100% on clean energy. You may also like: Dramatic satellite observations that show the true scale of Arctic change

How climate change has affected each state

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The 2019 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report took an in-depth look at how climate change is affecting our land — and how land use impacts the climate. On the whole, the news is not positive. The report detailed the negative effects that climate change is having around the world in the form of increasing heat waves, droughts, desertification and food insecurity.

“New knowledge shows an increase in risks from dryland water scarcity, fire damage, permafrost degradation and food system instability, even for global warming of around 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I.

A target of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming is optimistic. In the Paris Climate Accords, which the United States backed out of under President Donald Trump, the goal was to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius; globally, we are not even on track to do that.

The increased risks that Masson-Delmotte mentions are already visible in the United States. More fires across the West, food system instability across the Midwest, increased water scarcity in the Southwest, and a growing rate of extreme weather events are taking place all over.

One of the biggest challenges when looking at the impacts of climate change is that it is often not possible to directly connect it to a specific hurricane, flood, drought, or fire. But while several elements go into a specific weather event, we are undoubtedly living through an unprecedented number of "1,000-year storms,” extreme heat waves and droughts.

Stacker compiled a gallery of 50 ways climate change is altering our 50 states by studying state and federal reports, peer-reviewed research papers and trusted news articles. Of course, each state is experiencing many impacts of climate change, and often all at once. It’s not all terrible news, however: Many of these states are also fighting back against the negative impacts of climate change through actions such as improved agricultural practices, greener buildings, and pledging to rely 100% on clean energy.

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