The scientists chose hundreds of cities across North America and predicted how would the North American climate be like in 2080. In short, the results are concerning. The researchers highlighted that, in case we don’t limit greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change, it would be much hotter across North America by 2080. And that’s worrying because it would affect the fauna and the vegetation of the region, both of which might not adapt to the changes.
To give a few examples, the Los Angeles climate in 2080 would be like that of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico, but drier, while Portland will only total about 59 rainy days per year, compared to 155 nowadays. Also, the New York City climate would feel like that of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
But the most concerning consequence of this increase in temperatures across North America would be the changes this effect of climate change would have on the fauna and vegetation of the region.
North American Climate Would Be Hotter in 2080 Than It Is Today
“From a beach-day perspective, warmer might be better, but it is not better for our food production, and in some areas, it could lead to more pests, invasive species, and disease,” explained Matthew Fitzpatrick from the University of Maryland, and the leading author of the study issued in Nature Communications.
For example, Aedes mosquitoes, those that carry the Zika virus, would spread all over North America thanks to the warmer temperatures, while the West Coast would be more and more covered in smog, boosting the rates of asthma and allergies.
Also, the iconic Yellowstone National Park would suffer as the animals and plants in that area won’t be able to adapt to the climate change predicted by scientists for 2080.
“We don’t think most Americans will know what the climate is like in a city in China or India. The goal is to make climate change less abstract, and something people can relate to based on their own experiences,” concluded Matthew Fitzpatrick.