Reprinted from WABE
Georgia is already feeling effects from climate change. On the coast, sea levels are going up. Temperatures are going up around Georgia, too; last year was one of the state’s warmest on record.
Rising seas threaten highways, bridges and homes. Heat affects people’s health. Drought is not good for farmers.
“It’s not this academic exercise,” said Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program. “At the end of the day, we have kitchen table issues that affect all our lives, our households, our budgets and so forth that are directly tied to this crisis.”
President Joe Biden is making climate change a priority in his administration. He’s already made some moves, like beginning the process to rejoin the Paris climate agreement.
And more is expected soon.
While the Paris agreement might feel pretty distant, other climate policies the Biden administration may roll out could have more on-the-ground effects here in Georgia.