Saving energy isn’t just about reducing the numbers on your utility bills—it also helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an important part of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Climate change refers to a rise in average global temperature, and this rise in temperature doesn’t just give us hotter days, it also causes a whole range of other weather and climate events.
What are the impacts of climate change?
Across the United States, the impacts of climate change may look very different. Increased rainfall intensity will cause more flooding in some states, while increasingly severe droughts may threaten water supplies in other states. Farms and forests will be less productive in some states, but warmer temperatures may extend growing seasons in others.
What does climate change mean for you?
EPA recently published a series of fact sheets, What Climate Change Means for Your State, which focus on the impacts of climate change in each of the 50 states and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These fact sheets compile information from previously published reports to provide a handy reference for state and local policymakers, businesses, and individuals who are looking to communicate impacts of climate change in a given state. Want to see what climate change means for your state, or across the country? Take a look!
If you liked this post, you might want to read:
- ENERGY STAR by the Numbers
- What We’ve Achieved Together
- What You Need to Know About the Clean Power Plan
- View the full list of What Climate Change Means for Your State fact sheets.