The global phenomenon of climate change is affecting not only my home region of New York State but the world globally. As the sea temperatures rise and sea levels increase, numerous events have been impacting the region of New York both in climate and economics. Climate change has become an urgent matter and with further analysis, we can analyze how climate change has impacted both the citizens and the state.
New York City specifically has been experiencing a lot of changes within this decade, most caused by climate change. With the irregular patterns of weather and climate, New York City has been in a turmoil of confusion with many adjustments to the changing weather. Within the last decade it would start to snow around late October and early November. However, due to climate change, the predictability of snowfall has been volatile. Research states that the annual snowfall of New York last year was a measly 2.3 inches, the lowest amount recorded in history. The level of snowfall has been decreasing for the past few years and is decreasing even more due to weather conditions changing. Could This Be New York City’s Least Snowy Winter in Recorded History? – The New York Times (nytimes.com) This year there has been no snowfall at all and the temperature this season is higher than what it used to be at this time of year in the last decade. New Yorkers are experiencing a warmer winter and a scorching summer and this is only going to increase in the next decade according to the latest statistics. New York City has also been experiencing more rainfall than ever due to the sea level temperatures rising causing more precipitation than the average norm. Another affect climate change is having the increase in illnesses caused by heat strokes. With warmer winters, comes warmer summers and this brings heatstrokes and vector diseases to the population.
The sea level rising is an urgent matter for New York since it is a coastal city, this means that more and more land will be filled up with water within the next few years decreasing the land area of New York City. This can cause many New Yorkers to evacuate and relocate to an area that has more landmass to thrive on. This would heavily impact lower-class citizens as they do not have the economic funds to relocate. Since New York City is a coastal city and sea levels rising, the strength of hurricanes can also be highly destructive to property. In the article provided by Deseret News, the strength of hurricanes and tropical storms has been increasing due to climate change. Are hurricanes getting stronger? – Deseret News.
Climate change damages the economy of New York as well. With the hurricanes getting stronger and summers getting hotter results in damages of homes, overheated cars, and forced relocation of families. If more citizens who reside in New York City were to migrate to another state, the state of New York has a potential of becoming the next Detroit which is not only detrimental for New York, but the whole U.S economy since New York is the leading capital income state. Tourism in New York City, which makes up to 3% of the state’s annual income, would also be limited.
In conclusion, climate change has affected my home of New York City in many ways, including impacts on the economy, the environment, and physical damages. Climate change is a dire situation that needs to be urgently addressed by educating the public. If we do not address this problem the affects of climate change could lead to a worsening situation or the state and the city with overall impacts on the entire U.S and the whole world since New York is a leading economical city globally.
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