Climate Change

The Climate Science Special Report from in 2017 predicted that, without a major reduction in emissions, there could be a 9°F (5°C) increase in annual average global temperature relative to preindustrial times by the end of this century. These rises in temperature are expected to increase the intensity and frequency of extreme events.

According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the impacts will vary depending on the region. This includes, but is not limited to: decreased water and food security caused by constrained freshwater supplies, effects on agricultural practices due to increased demand for water and energy, and heat waves and coastal flooding as a result of rising sea levels and storm surge. Climate change is increasingly damaging to indigenous populations across the U.S. due to decreases in water quality caused by legal issues associated with tribal water rights and land-use policies and practices.

The effects of climate change are becoming clearer and more dangerous by the day, impacting populations and regions across the United States. It is vital to educate ourselves and fight for legislation that will reduce the nation’s impact on the environment and improve the quality of life for future generations.

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What can I do about this?

1. Become more consciously aware and look for ecofriendly alternatives/solutions. For example, try and save energy at home by making it more energy-efficient. Perhaps try taking public transportation more often, and cut down on waste.
2. Stay up-to-date on policies and take the step towards voicing your concerns and fight for legislations that will help improve our current environment.

USYF CONTENT

An Interview with Delaney Reynolds
from the Sink or Swim Project

by Melissa Ballard

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External Resources

An Introduction to Climate
Change and its Effects

by Amanuel Bahru, Fatima Javed,
and Savitha Sithartha

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