The Augusta Chronicle has a piece about how global climate change is predicted to affect Augusta and the rest of Georgia. Here’s the basic rundown provided at the end of the article:
– By 2100, temperatures will increase by 2 degrees in summer, 4-7 degrees in winter and 2 to 9 degrees in autumn.
– Average rainfall will jump between 15 and 40 percent in summer and fall, and about 10 percent in winter and spring.
– Spring will arrive earlier, and summers will last longer, with corresponding adjustments in plant and animal life.
– Severe weather events will increase in frequency and scale.
– Sea levels could rise as much as 25 inches at Fort Pulaski, near Savannah, by 2100.
– Rising oceans will threaten marshes and could intrude on fresh- water supplies.
– Costs of protecting Georgia against a 20-inch rise in sea level are $154 million to $1.3 billion.
– More precipitation will alter agricultural practices, with hay and pasture yields increasing 25 percent, while grain crop acreage could decrease as much as 22 percent.
– By 2050, heat-related deaths in Atlanta, now averaging 25 per year, could increase to 60.
– Mosquitoes that carry malaria and equine encephalitis will expand their habitat.
Sources: U.S. Climate & Policy Assessment Office; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Sometimes I wonder…if we hadn’t invented heaters and air conditioners, would we already be extinct? What else are we going to need to invent to survive?