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Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

Nearly 60,000 people living in West Virginia are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

West Virginia is facing one of the top 10 largest increases in heat wave days by 2050 among the lower 48 states. 

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

 The strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase.

In West Virginia, there are more than 150,000 people living in areas at an elevated risk of inland flooding.

Across most of the country, the heaviest downpours are happening more frequently, delivering a deluge in place of what would have been routine heavy rain.

According to the National Climate Assessment, the most extreme precipitation events (those in the 99th percentile of intensity) have increased in every region of the contiguous states since the 1950s.

It’s not just April showers: more water can evaporate into a warmer atmosphere at all times of the year, and what goes up must eventually come down. 

What's Happening in Your Region?

West Virginia

Rains Flood West Virginia While Fires Burn Out West

The massive floods that rapidly inundated towns displaced thousands and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other structures. At least 23 people were killed, according to news reports... More

South Carolina

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

From South Carolina to Texas to West Virginia and Maryland, each instance of extreme rainfall and subsequent flooding raises questions about the potential role of climate change in making such events more likely... More

Maryland

Maryland: Rain Causes 82 Percent of All Sewage Overflows

Increasing heavy downpours, fueled by climate change, cause millions of gallons of sewage overflows nationwide.... More

North Carolina

Sinking Atlantic Coastline Meets Rapidly Rising Seas

New research using GPS and prehistoric data has shown that nearly the entire coast is affected, from Massachusetts to Florida and parts of Maine... More

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