Climate Change in the U.S.
Across the United States, communities are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Rising seas, increased droughts, more intense heatwaves and wildfires, and stronger storms threaten American cities and towns and their economies. And without climate action, they will only get worse.
The Clean Power Plan, a federal policy introduced under President Obama, aims to combat climate change by limiting emissions from the energy sector. Though this policy is under review and the Trump administration has stalled on other national-scale efforts to combat global warming, climate action in the U.S. continues through regional, state and local efforts.
The transition to clean energy provides not only a path to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming, but also creates economic opportunities in every state.
Each of the fifty states faces climate change-related risks as well as clean energy opportunities.
American politics and policies are shaping the country’s ability to combat climate change and prepare for its effects.