7 Ways You’re Already Paying for Climate Change

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Hurricane Laura hit the coast of Louisiana in August as a Category 4 storm, tying Louisiana’s record for strongest winds at landfall; fifteen people died. Unprecedented wildfires across the West have killed at least 22 people in California, destroyed hundreds of homes, and consumed more acres in one day alone in Washington State than burned in the past 12 fire seasons. In states both with and without hurricanes and wildfires, mid-summer was marked by suffocating, record-breaking heat, which ended dramatically this week as temperatures plummeted 40 degrees in Utah and 60 degrees in Colorado in less than 24 hours (a swing so large only occurred in winter historically).

These are just a few examples of how people are already paying a high price for climate change. And if governments, corporations, and citizens alike don’t act now to reduce global carbon emissions, the price will go even higher, and much quicker than most are willing to admit. Turning the thermostat down on the planet requires coordinated action to transition our energy economy away from burning fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy sources–for generating electricity, for powering our cars and trucks, for heating and cooling buildings, and more.  …

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