Ida is only the latest weather-related disaster in another summer of deadly heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires, which evidence suggests are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. Scientists say this summer is another sign of what’s to come if the world does not take dramatic steps to curb its use of fossil fuels.
How is climate change affecting the United States? What can be done to address it? Washington Post climate reporters Sarah Kaplan and Tik Root answered your questions live. Kaplan covers how humans are responding to a warming world and regularly writes The Post’s Climate Curious column. Root reports on climate and climate solutions for The Post.
Below are a few questions they answered:
- Where will be the safest place in the U.S., given the escalating climate change crisis?
- How do we know specific storms are related to climate change and are not just normally occurring events?
- Can we reasonably expect change to happen fast enough to prevent climate change’s worst effects?
- What personal actions can we take to limit the impacts of climate change?
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