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How hot will it get in my lifetime?

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This uses the UN's current report about climate change to predict how much the global temperature will change in your lifetime. I was born in 1971.


"Some of that increase was in your lifetime. The last decade was 0.6°C hotter than the decade before you were born."

"On current emissions trends, the planet will be 1.2°C–1.9°C hotter than the preindustrial era by your retirement" (around 2036)"

"By the end of your life (2060), warming could have reached 3.3°C above preindustrial levels. For comparison, a 4°C rise was enough to transform the planet since the last ice age."


Here is a report that outlines from the EPA and also one from NASA (with a quote below):

Northeast. Heat waves, heavy downpours, and sea level rise pose growing challenges to many aspects of life in the Northeast. Infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and ecosystems will be increasingly compromised. Many states and cities are beginning to incorporate climate change into their planning.

Northwest. Changes in the timing of streamflow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure, and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off.

Southeast. Sea level rise poses widespread and continuing threats to the region's economy and environment. Extreme heat will affect health, energy, agriculture, and more. Decreased water availability will have economic and environmental impacts.

Midwest. Extreme heat, heavy downpours, and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, air and water quality, and more. Climate change will also exacerbate a range of risks to the Great Lakes.

Southwest. Increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.


God, we need to act. We've long gone past crisis levels and still can't get much of our government to agree to comprehensive climate change legislation. I'm not sure what it will take.

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