Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

Urban Heat Islands

Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises.

By 2050, the typical number of heat wave days in Rhode Island is projected to quadruple from more than 10 to approximately 40 days a year.

More than 25,000 people living in Rhode Island are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

As summers get hotter under the planet’s growing blanket of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, the worst of it will happen downtown rather than out of town.

In Rhode Island, there are nearly 27,000 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. 

18.4 million gallons of sewage spilled in Rhode Island from Hurricane Sandy.

Heavy downpours are on the rise across the U.S.

The most extreme precipitation events have increased in every region of the contiguous states since the 1950s.

Climate change causing more nuisance flooding in Rhode Island

Today, Rhode Island has 25,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, an additional 8,000 people are projected to be at risk due to sea level rise.

Atlantic hurricane season is seeing more major storms

Sea level threats down to zip code

Type a coastal place name in Rhode Island and find local projections, maps and potential impacts on people, infrastructure, and much more with our interactive tool.

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