Illinois Extreme Heat

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Stagnant air undermines progress torward clear air in Chicago.

Learn about Illinois warming since the 1st Earth Day.

More than 310,000 people living Illnois are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. 

By 2050, Illinois is projected to see a ten-fold increase in the average number of dangerous heat days a year, from 5 to nearly 50 days.

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Illinois is projected to increase from 10 to more than 60 days a year.

Peoria is the 22nd fastest-warming city in the U.S.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?


What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

Tinder-dry conditions that have resulted from months with little to no rain and toasty fall temperatures have allowed the fires to reach unusual heights. More

New York

Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme. It Could Become Normal

The risk posed by future storms like Sandy is only going to increase due to climate change. The potential for stronger storms and rising seas mean Sandy-level flooding could could occur once every 23 years as opposed to once every 400... More

Climate Change Behind Surge in Western Wildfires

Western firefighting veterans lamenting a “new normal” amid surging forest fires have received an explanation for the destructiveness they’ve been unable to quell... More

Scientists Tease Out Climate Change’s Role in Zika Spread

While the effects of El Niño and other weather cycles are beyond the control of humans, the recent spread of the disease into the U.S. is a savage reminder of the heavy toll that humans are taking on their planet — and of the potential for those changes to bite back... More

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