I moved to Chicago almost seven months ago, and I’ve found many Midwest stereotypes to be true – the people are very friendly, the winters are very cold, the food is crazy good, and the beer is even better. But one stereotype – that the Midwest won’t suffer any severe consequences of climate change – is completely false. While we don’t have hurricanes, and live right next to the largest body of fresh water in America, the Midwest is not exempt from climate impacts – and has plenty to worry about as Earth warms.
Temperatures in the Midwest increased by 1.5 °F from 1895 to 2012, and they are rising more rapidly as time goes on. As it warms, Chicago and the rest of the region will likely experience milder winters, earlier springs, and an increase in extreme weather events like heatwaves, drought, and flooding. Continue reading “Chicago Series #1: The Midwest is Not Exempt from Climate Change”