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Sunday, May 5, 2013
From record-breaking summer temperatures to the derecho that cut power to Roanoke-area residents for days, last year’s headlines featured far too many dangerous and destructive weather events that have impacted Virginia communities’ health, safety, economy and environment.
What we may not realize is just how many of us have been affected by these types of events.
A new Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center report finds that nine out of every 10 Virginians — nearly 8 million people — have been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2007.
To see county-by-county data on which weather-related disasters happened when, please visit our interactive online map, environmentvirginiacenter.org.
These findings from the new report, “In the Path of the Storm,” are even more alarming given that scientists predict that global warming will bring even more extreme weather in the future. Scientists have found that global warming could increase the frequency and severity of heavy rain, heat, drought, wildfires, hurricanes and coastal storms.
The bottom line is this: Extreme weather is happening. It is causing very serious problems, and global warming increases the likelihood that we’ll see even more extreme weather in the future.
Scientists tell us that carbon pollution from power plants, cars and trucks is fueling global warming, so tackling the problem demands that we cut emissions of carbon pollution from these sources.
President Obama understands the link between extreme weather and global warming, as evident in his inaugural address and his State of the Union remarks.
Between the millions of Americans who have spoken out in support of strong action to address global warming and the threat that extreme weather poses to our communities and future generations, we desperately need the president to follow his recent strong statements on global warming with equally strong action.
The extreme weather we suffered through in 2012 is a frightening reminder of why we must do everything we can to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that is fueling global warming. Doing so will help us do our part to protect future generations in Virginia from even more alarming weather down the road.
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