This has been a strange winter all over the world, and things are not going to get any better soon. Climate change will soon affect climate irreversibly. According to scientists, climate will soon change and it will be something that we haven’t encountered before. Researchers talked about the upcoming changes for North America.
“Within the lifetime of children living today, the climate of many regions is projected to change from the familiar to conditions unlike those experienced in the same place by their parents, grandparents, or perhaps any generation in millennia. Many cities could experience climates with no modern equivalent in North America,” explained Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center.
Finding a place to live
People will be severely affected by these changes. In fact, a large part of the population will have to relocate in order to find liveable places. This is especially true for those who reside in the urban areas of the United States, as well as Canada.
“Under current high emissions the average urban dweller is going to have to drive more than 500 miles to the south to find a climate like that expected in their home city by 2080,” added author Fitzpatrick. “Not only is climate changing, but climates that don’t presently exist in North America will be prevalent in a lot of urban areas.”
According to the study, by the 2080s there will be a major climate change. Researchers explained that the conditions will be unlike anything we have ever encountered. In fact, the climate might be different from the one of any “generation in this millennia”.
In order to obtain the data, researchers analysed 540 urban areas that had around 250 million inhabitants. The cities were located in both Canada and the United States. However, scientists maintain hope ““It’s my hope that people have that ‘wow’ moment, and it sinks in for the first time the scale of the changes we’re expecting in a single generation,” concluded Fitzpatrick.
Nora Reynolds is a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior, writing about science in general. She also likes to try new gadgets and sports about the AI new era.