Global warming: How will your state be affected?

National Parks such as Biscayne Bay in Florida are threatened by global warming. Courtesy NPS.

When the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act last month, it unambiguously stated its long-awaited recognition that global warming is no longer a distant threat.

Now, as the Senate takes on the battle to pass the same legislation, we felt it was important to update and expand our “Global Warming by the State” reports. Our latest batch of reports details how the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Washington are expected to be affected by the impacts of global warming.

These reports should be required reading not just for legislators but for the citizens of each state — and the nation. They detail what’s expected to happen if we fail to decrease our output of heat-trapping pollution and protect our natural resources. In them, we look at how global warming will likely affect the local economies, natural resources, and communities in different places around the country. Included are recommendations about what can done to protect people, wildlife and wildlands.

The full list of Global Warming by the State reports includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Utah, and Washington, all states where temperatures are expected to rise 5° F by the year 2060.

Keep an eye out for more state reports later in July!

photo: National Parks such as Biscayne Bay in Florida are threatened by global warming. Courtesy NPS.

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