Charleston Gazette-Mail – If you don’t think the climate is changing, consider that Charleston used to have its first big snowfall around Thanksgiving. This year it was after New Year. And even West Virginians who see climate change as abstract and distant are watching confused daffodils sprouting in their yards in December and picking ticks off their dogs in January. Read the full op-ed.
As bad as the rising threat from things like flooding are, the good news is as overwhelming as the starting disaster feels, there are also things we can do about it — right here, right now.
After the once-in-a-1,000-year 2016 floods killed about two-dozen people, West Virginia has to brace for more. According to the U.N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data, annual rainfall in the state will rise by probably 10% to 30%, with much of it coming in the kind of sudden storms that often cause flooding.
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