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Today, young people worldwide are protesting climate change, and there’s a good reason why: If climate change continues to go unchecked, average global temperatures will rise 4 degrees by 2100. That’ll be very, very bad. Here’s how: #climatestrike 1/
Middle America is about to undergo a drastic transformation. In parts of the Midwest, farms will produce less than 75% of the corn they produce today, and Chicago will start to resemble Phoenix, with up to two months of 100-degree days 2/
California’s Central Valley, America’s principal source of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, will become uninhabitable for those plants. Labor-related losses from extreme heat could reach $155 billion annually 3/
The Arctic will lose ALL of its sea ice in the late summer. As a result, some coastal sea levels could rise as much as 10 feet. That could have far-reaching consequences 4/
If sea levels rise just 3.3 feet, dozens of power plants nationwide will flood, jeopardizing 25 gigawatts of power. If they rise just 6 feet (four whole feet below projections in some areas), 1.9 million homes in the US could end up underwater 5/
Adding all this up, in the worst-case scenario climate change will cost the US more than 10% of its GDP. This is a problem that won’t just endanger animals and destroy habitats, it will alter, cripple and, in some cases, destroy industries #climatestrike 6/
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