One Chart Shows How Climate Change Will Destroy Each Region Of The Country

The third National Climate Assessment was released on Tuesday, May 6, outlining the threats Americans face because of a warming planet. You can download the full report here.

Average temperatures in the U.S. have increased by about 1.3 to 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, the report said, adding that most of the increase has happened since 1970.

As greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, the planet will continue to warm, with temperatures expected to rise another 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few decades, according to the report.

Rising temperatures don’t just mean warmer weather. It has other impacts, like “increases in ocean and freshwater temperatures, frost-free days, and heavy downpours,” the report warned.

“Global sea level has risen, and there have been large reductions in snow-cover extent, glaciers, and sea ice,” the report said.

The report looked how these events and other changes in climate will impact the health and livelihoods of Americans and how they will vary across certain parts of the country.

Some of the changes mentioned in the report, like heavy downpours, are common to many regions, the assessment noted. “Other impacts, such as those associated with the rapid thawing of permafrost in Alaska, are unique to one U.S. region.”

Check out the chart below to see how climate change will affect specific regions of the country.