Beyond 1.5°C: Unveiling the Critical Impacts of Climate Change on the U.S.

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As COP28 unfolds in Dubai, the world grapples with the commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the century's end.

Already close to that limit, the planet has warmed by 1.2 degrees Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, primarily due to fossil fuel emissions.

This year, expected to be the hottest on record, sees temperatures soaring 1.8 degrees Celsius above the average.

Despite global efforts, the trajectory indicates a potential 3 degrees Celsius warming, amplifying the dangers of extreme weather.

Deepti Singh, assistant professor at Washington State University, emphasizes the need to act today to shape a more equitable and less volatile future.

Explore three critical climate impacts in the U.S. if the world exceeds the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming threshold.

Firstly, the U.S. would heat up faster than the global average, experiencing a 60% higher warming rate.

Secondly, the US would expect intensified rainfall, posing risks like flooding and infrastructure challenges in the Midwest and Northeast.

Thirdly, the onset of worsening heat waves, causing health impacts and crop losses, with nights getting hotter exacerbating the effects.

Lastly, the shrinking winter days below freezing, especially in the Mountain West, impacting water sources, crops, and increasing vector-borne diseases would be a disaster.

Let's  navigate through the urgent call for global action, realizing that the decisions made today shape the future trajectory of our planet.