Climate Week: A Spotlight on Solutions

October 2-8 is NPR’s Climate Solutions Week. NPR is dedicating an entire week to stories and conversations about the search for climate solutions. In observance, we’re sharing some of WABE’s coverage of one of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Climate Change – Extreme Weather

Climate change-related extreme weather is hitting with catastrophic consequences. Deadly wildfires ripped through Maui, killing at least 97 people, with many still missing. At least eight people died in Europe after severe storms, 31 people died from flooding in Brazil, and more than 80 million Americans lived through blazing temperatures and heat alerts. It all comes as the planet reaches an alarming milestone this summer. The summer of 2023 was Earth’s hottest since global records began in 1880, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

WABE’s Award-Winning Series “The Heat Effect”

Atlanta can now expect an average of 18 more days of 90+ temperatures compared to 1970, based on the trend. Average summer temperatures have risen by 2.9 degrees since 1970, according to Climate Central. Climate change is making it hotter. Across the Southeast, temperatures are going up, and heat waves are getting longer and more frequent. But in many places, Georgians are adapting and working to help the people who are most vulnerable. Check out WABE’s award-winning series The Heat Effect.

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