Climate change could plunge American cities into chaos
Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and Denver might be the first American cities on the receiving end of the climate-change cudgel.
A new study, released by Nestpick.com, shows that the aforementioned metros are the most likely U.S. cities to experience significant weather pattern changes by 2050. Nestpick employed several existing research methodologies from established climate change experts to make these determinations, and interviews with leading climate change experts were used as the framework for this research.
According to the report, Boston may experience the greatest overall change by 2050 in the U.S., moving from a “continental humid warm summer” to a “temperate humid warm summer” climate type, with a 4.68-degree temperature increase and an increased risk of flooding from rising sea levels.
New Orleans is at the greatest flooding by 2050 due to potentially rising sea levels, raking as the fifth most “at risk” city, globally.
Chicago could potentially move from a continental humid warm summer to a temperate humid warm summer climate type, with a temperature increase of 5.6 degrees. This ranks the city third globally for potential climate change.
Denver, according to the report, could experience the largest increase in water stress in the U.S. with a demand/supply ratio of 18.28.
“These results are eye-opening,” Ömer Kücükdere, founder and CEO of Nestpick said in a statement. “Governments need to be aware of potential changes coming so that they can mitigate damage. Proper funding into infrastructure and safeguarding would help to ensure that these cities stay ahead of climate-related problems and ensure the livelihood of these urban centers for future generations.”