In the Path of the Storm

Global Warming, Extreme Weather, and the Impacts of Weather-Related Disasters in the United States

4 out of 5 Californians live in areas hit by recent weather disasters. 

Environment California Research and Policy Center

After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment California Research & Policy Center report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events, becoming even more common or more severe in the future.  

“The extreme weather we suffered through in 2011 is a frightening reminder of why we must do everything we can to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that is fueling global warming by investing in clean, renewable energy,” said Sean Carroll, Environment California’s Federal Field Associate. “Recent weather-related disasters in California include wildfires, flooding and mud flows.”

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