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Climate Change and the USA: What to Expect in the Future?

Climate Change and the USA

Published on Aug 08, 2023

The impact of climate change, along with irregular weather patterns, has compelled Americans to cite climate change or better weather as a crucial reason to move in 2022 and 2023. 

A recent survey conducted by Forbes Home discovered that almost a third of respondents mentioned worsening weather conditions as a reason to move. It also indicated that almost 30% Of Americans cite climate change as a motivator to transition to a sustainable way of living

The Changing Climate  

Today, climate change is no longer a problem of the distant future. The effects of climate change are being seen and felt by all. On average, American experiences 20% more extremely hot days than they did two decades ago. The last decade was reported to be the warmest on record. The intensity categories of hurricanes have become more frequent and extreme.  

Read more: Revealed: Most Polluted Cities in the United States in 2023 

Climate change is further triggering a series of cascading ecological changes in the environment that can neither be fully predicted nor stopped once they gain momentum. This ecosystem destabilization is apparent when it comes to keystone species - us humans - that play an outsize- role in maintaining the ecosystem’s structure.

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And if planet-warming emissions continue to rise at the same rate that they have been, we will be experiencing several extremely hot days compared to today. In such a scenario, nearly half of the states in the U.S. will likely experience summer temperatures hotter than summers being experienced by India or Egypt today. 

Effects of Climate Change on Americans and Their Homes  

The effects of climate change have had different effects across the globe, with some of the worst impacts falling on already-disadvantaged regions, including the United States. A new U.S. government report demonstrated that the climate is changing and that human activities will lead to many more changes. These changes are significantly affecting sea levels, drought frequency, and severe precipitation. Climate change crises are impacting weather and climate across the United States, and experts believe that future changes in climate could play out across the country.  

Thousands of research are outlining the rising surface, atmospheric, as well as oceanic temperatures, melting glaciers and diminishing snow cover, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification - all are increasing, adding to the intensity and frequency of rainfall, heat waves, and wildfires. Reports also outlined how these effects are being traced back to human activities and emissions of radiatively important gases and particles. 

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Increasing Greenhouse Gases and Their Effects  

Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are continuing to add to the increasing climate crisis. This could lead to:  

  • Increase in the average temperature of Earth 

  • Influence on the patterns of precipitation  

  • Melting ice and snow cover 

  • Rising sea level  

  • Increase in the acidity levels of the oceans  

  • Increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme events  

  • Increasing threats to human health  

The shift in the existing ecosystem characteristics is further impacting the food supply, water resources, infrastructure, ecosystems, and even our own health. It has therefore become critical for organizations to invest in reducing annual emissions and fostering sustainable practices. 

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Economic Impact of Climate Crisis  

While understanding the damages and impacts on human life due to climate change at national and local scales, it is also important to assess the benefits that will accrue from any policy that will aid in limiting the climate change crisis. With the mean temperature rising, different sectors are getting adversely impacted, including agriculture, crime, energy, human mortality, and labor. Overall, climate change is likely to further affect the U.S. economy. The economy could end up losing about 1 to 4% of its GDP annually by the end of this century due to adverse effects on labor and the energy sector under a high emissions scenario.  

However, these effects will not be felt equally. The poorest of the counties in the United States are expected to experience damages costing between 2 and 20 percent of county income. This will further saddle the areas that already have fewer resources to adapt to larger damages. While the impacts of climate change will be felt more in certain places than others, no part of the country will be insulated. 

Read more: Data-driven Sustainability Initiatives: Harnessing the Power of Data to Drive Change 

Temperature Changes in the Future 

Climate mitigation, or the ability to reverse climate change and block its widespread effects, directly resonates with the successful enactment of climate control policies that will further yield deep cuts to carbon pollution and end the dependence on fossil fuels. Many organizations today are exploring new means to move beyond the perceived climate impacts proactively. However, they are facing the biggest impacts to their health and wellbeing. 

The world has been observing the effects of global warming over the last several decades. And in the future, temperatures are expected to rise further. Research has highlighted that the world will experience an increase in average global temperatures within 0.5°F to 8.6°F range by the year 2100. The global average temperature is also expected to warm at least twice as much in the next 100 years. 


With extreme events like wildfires, floods, and hurricanes becoming a frightening new normal, it is time for all to act on necessary measures that will lead to immediate effects.   

Key Takeaways:  

  • 51% of Americans believe their move in the last two years was unexpected.  

  • A third of Americans cited climate change as a critical reason to move in 2022.  

  • 34% of Americans cited better weather for their upcoming move or move in the last two years. 

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Bottom Line  

Statistically, the migration patterns in the United States are shifting out of certain areas afflicted due to climate change. One of the most important takeaways for Americans, with the entire country facing unpredictable weather changes and climate patterns, is to consider individuals who do not have the liberty or ability to move.  

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere. It is most likely affecting and destroying the livelihoods or having critical health burdens. It is now vital for the United States to understand that than simply flee a particular area, they need to adapt to reduce harm for those most vulnerable collectively.”  

Climate adaptation today is no longer optional. It has become necessary, particularly for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By following and limiting urgent warnings, institutions, and communities can avoid passing some of the critical thresholds that could lead to potentially irreversible and catastrophic impacts on the planet. It is critical to note that climate action is not a pass-fail test. Every fraction of warming will lead to a reduction in human suffering, thereby keeping more of the planet’s natural ecosystem intact. And by prioritizing the people and ecosystems on the front, governments and institutions must incorporate actionable measures to ensure a healthier present and future. 

Climate Change and the USA

The good news is there is a wide range of solutions that can enable us to sharply reduce emissions, thereby slowing down the pace of warming and protecting communities on the frontlines of climate impacts. And to be successful, climate solutions must address the existing crises—like poverty, racism, and gender inequality. This will further help in driving the causes and impacts of the climate crisis. Combining human ingenuity and immense political will can help us in getting there.  

And while the impact of climate change is daunting, it is important not to lose hope. 

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