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News Picks : US receives first-ever report card on climate change disaster preparedness

By: Physics Today
23 November 2015
BBC: Global warming is causing a growing number of weather-related problems, such as extreme heat events, wildfires, and flooding. Now Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that reports on climate science, has ranked the US on how prepared each state is to deal with five potential threats linked to climate change. According to its report, States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, California faces some of the most severe climate threats but is one of the best prepared. However, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas are threatened with extreme heat, among other problems, but are woefully underprepared. Critics point out that the report looks only at states as a whole and that even states with a poor overall grade may have individual cities or regions that have been making strides in addressing the risks they face.


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