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Climate Change: Not a Distant Threat

Climate change poses significant risks to the United States, impacting its environment, economy, and society. One of the most pronounced effects are the increased extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. Coastal regions face the threat of rising sea levels leading to erosion, flooding, and loss of infrastructure. Inland areas experience more frequent and severe droughts, heat waves, and storms affecting agriculture, water supply, and public health. These changes disrupt ecosystems and pose substantial economic burdens, costing billions of dollars in damages and recovery efforts.

One of the most significant risks facing the U.S. due to climate change is its impact on public health. Rising temperatures contribute to heat-related illnesses and worsen air quality, leading to respiratory problems. Additionally, changing climatic conditions facilitate the spread of infectious diseases, affecting both human and animal populations. Vulnerable communities including older people, children, and low-income individuals are disproportionately affected by these health risks, exacerbating existing inequalities in access to healthcare and resources.

I have witnessed the effects of climate change in my community. Over the years, I’ve noticed changes in weather patterns with more frequent and intense storms causing flooding in previously unaffected areas. Warmer temperatures have led to earlier springs and prolonged summers, disrupting ecosystems and impacting local flora and fauna. These changes have also influenced my lifestyle choices, prompting me to adopt sustainable practices such as reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste, and advocating for environmental conservation. Climate change is not just a distant threat but a reality that requires urgent action to mitigate its consequences and build resilience in our communities.

 

 

 

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