Climate and Health Impacts by Region

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Northeast

Extreme weather, warmer temperatures, lower air and water quality, and sea level rise will impact tourism, farming, forestry, rural industry, and coasts. Major impacts on urban infrastructure and economies.

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Southeast

Heat, flooding, and diseases increase risks to infrastructure and health in urban areas. Heavy rains and sea level rise endanger coastal tourism and industry. Extreme heat impacts agriculture, hurting rural communities.

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Midwest

Increases in summer humidity and precipitation impact agriculture. Poor air quality days, extreme temperature events, heavy rainfalls, flooding, longer pollen seasons, and pests affect human health and critical infrastructure.

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Northern Great Plains

Rainfall changes impact the region. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events risk fossil fuel and renewable energy infrastructure, and likely have negative impacts on agriculture. Indigenous peoples at high risk.

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Southern Great Plains

Climate change affects food, energy, and water. Sea level rise, increasing temperature, and extreme precipitation put built environment, coasts, and health at risk. Increased likelihood of population displacement.

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Northwest

Wildlife, fish, and plants tied to tribal culture and popular recreation at risk. Flooding, landslides, drought, wildfire, and heat waves risk water supplies, power, and transportation. Hazards to healthcare and social systems.

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Southwest

Drought, wildfire, rising temperatures, heat waves, poor air quality, and disease affect energy, agriculture, water, food security, and health, especially for indigenous peoples. Sea level and temperature rise and ocean acidification affect coasts.

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Alaska

Less Arctic summer sea ice, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, permafrost thaw, erosion, wildfire, and glacier melt affect Alaskans and their infrastructure. Greatest threats are to rural areas and indigenous peoples.

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Hawaii & U.S. Islands

Temperature and sea level rise, changing rainfall, risk of extreme drought and flooding all threaten water and food security, culture, jobs, housing, infrastructure, tourism, and raise risk of human conflict and migration.

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