Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone | Environment | guardian.co.uk
By the end of the 21st century, climate change is expected to result in increased risk of asthma and other public health emergencies, widespread power blackouts, and mass transit shutdowns, and possibly shortages of food.Flashback: The fastest warming place on Earth cooled 2.4 degrees F. during the Hottest Decade Ever?
Night-time temperatures will also stay high, providing little respite from the heat.
But nowhere will see changes as extreme as Alaska, the report said.
"The most dramatic evidence is in Alaska, where average temperatures have increased more than twice as fast as the rest of the country," the draft report said. "Of all the climate-related changes in the US, the rapid decline of Arctic sea ice cover in the last decade may be the most striking of all."
The thought that Alaska may be headed into an ice age “may not be news to Alaskans coping with another round of 50-below during the coldest winter in two decades,” the article continues. Nor would it be news to the “mariners locked out of the Bering Sea this spring by record ice growth.”
“In the first decade since 2000, the 49th state cooled 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit..."