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Southern states and risk of climate change – Brospar Daily News

In our latest data dive, we look at the risks to the United States as climate change worsens and which states could be most at risk. SafeHome.org collects climate data from research groups climatic center develop Climate Change Risk Index, which measures the likelihood that five major climate change impacts – extreme heat, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding and inland flooding – will worsen by state. The higher the number, the higher the risk.

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As a region, southern states currently face the highest likelihood of increased side effects from climate change, with Mississippi among the five most at risk. The average risk index for each region of the country is:

  • Northeast – 123
  • Midwest—147
  • West — 166
  • South — 229

The numbers represent the average climate change risk index for states in a region, for example, southern states typically score around 229, which is higher than the national average of 174.

Mississippi, which has the highest percentage of population vulnerable to extreme heat at 4%, could experience up to 111 more dangerously hot days per year, according to SafeHome.org. Mississippi could also experience a 140% increase in summer droughts between 2000 and 2050, and a 21-day increase in the number of days with a high probability of wildfire. 57% of the state’s population faces a high risk of wildfires.

Floods and droughts across the country reach record severitybodes well for the future impacts of climate change which will continue to expose glaring infrastructure problems at the expense of those citizens most directly affected by the disaster.

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Jackson’s water crisis recently City-wide system failure This has left thousands of people with little or no running water, exacerbating already existing boil water advisories that are still in effect. A week after the Federal Emergency Management Agency officially declared the disaster on August 30, water final recovery To all residents of Jackson.

The root cause of the water crisis goes back years Administrative problems, financial problems, maintenance problems, etc.but the most immediate problem behind the recent water supply system failure is the flooding of the Pearl River caused by heavy rains.

Mississippi is also at risk of coastal flooding, affecting 2.5% of the population. While other southern states such as Florida and Louisiana were among the top 10 states, their high-risk population percentages were 16.7% and 20.4%, respectively.

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