James Fallows highlights a new US government website that maps how bad the climate will get in your town:
Let me give just a few illustrations from the first such climate-based public map the White House has released, HEAT.gov. The main points about all this and related “digital dashboards” (like the one for Covid) and maps:
- They are customizable. You can see your immediate neighborhood, or the entire world.
- They are configurable. You can see the “real” weather as of 2020, and the projected weather as of many decades from now.
- They can be combined. You can overlay a map of likely future flood zones, with areas of greatest economic and social vulnerabilities.
First, a map showing the priority list of communities most at risk from heat stress some decades from now. This is based on an overlay of likely future temperatures, with current resources and vulnerabilities, and other factors and trends.
Number one on this future vulnerability list is in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Number ten is in Arkansas. In between, at number seven, is my own home county in California. You can tune the map to your own interests here. It is meant to serve as a guide for preparation, avoidance, and resilience.
Pretty cool stuff. At the moment, Chicago's weather seems pretty reasonable for July, but the forecast calls for hot and awful weather later this week. And that will keep happening as climate change keeps pushing more energy into the atmosphere.