A new Annual Climate Science Special Report details the impact of climate change on the United States, and the Midwest is at the center of some of these drastic projected changes.
Globally, temperature changes have been recorded for a while, with the annual worldwide temperature increasing by 1.5 to 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit overall since 1901. 10 of the warmest years on record globally have all occurred after 1998, and four of the warmest years have occurred after 2014.
The problem impacts local communities as well as worldwide ones. It’s predicted that the Midwest will warm more by mid-century than any other region in the United States, with our heat waves increasing by about 7 degrees Fahrenheit. A heat wave is defined as the 5 hottest days of the year, and Iowa’s heat wave for 2018 happened partly over the memorial day weekend in May, giving Iowa residents a sobering preview of potential temperature spikes in the future.
While flooding, heat spikes, and increased rainfall are all aspects of climate change that can damage communities and buildings, efforts are being made today to prevent further destruction in the future.
The recent Iowa Climate Statement focuses on these climate changes and their impact on the Midwest, and propose some solutions that are being worked on today.
To read the Climate Statement in full, go here.