Climate Crisis AM Edition  1.26.24 Climate Opinion By State

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The Journal Science Advances published a paper titled “Increasing prevalence of hot drought across western North America since the 16th century.” It looked at the decades if not centuries-long megadrought in the Western states and the rise in temperature in the same region.  Karen King, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, told NPR, “The frequency of compound warm and dry summers particularly in the last 20 years is unprecedented.” The researcher added much of the drought was caused by humans. In previous studies, scientists have observed that the drought in the western US is the worst in 1,000 years. 

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The Yale Progam on Climate Change Communications released a study that showed Americans are more concerned with climate change than they were a decade ago. However, the organization’s “Opinion Map 2023” shows the concerns vary widely from state to state. The questions included ones about beliefs, public policy, and perception of risk. Three complex sets of measurements confirmed the results. The percentage of people concerned with climate change was lowest in the south, which included Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia. The percentage was highest in West Coast states, including California and Washington, and in the Northeast, particularly Massachusetts and New York. The study did not note that the southern states tend to be the poorest in the US based on median household income. 

Amazon Drought Worsens

A massive drought has affected the level of the Amazon River and forests across that region, according to exclusive research by The New York Times. The drought has triggered water access problems across South America’s central region. It has also triggered huge wildfires. Two major changes in the environment have been the primary causes. One is rising temperatures in the North Atlantic. The other is a strengthening of El Niño. Both are caused by human activity., 

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature released the “The 2024 climate crisis forecast.” Researchers reported that the crisis would worsen without actions by several organizations. The most important were those made by nations that agreed to pledges made at COP28.  The fund commented, “And while all these commitments are terrific, we are past the point where words alone are going to make a difference for the planet.’ The WWF said it could not do much more than monitor climate change and advocate for solutions. 

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