The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Connecticut
Just in the past three years, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental rules and regulations to the detriment of the environment and Americans’ public health. Moreover, the administration refuses to act to mitigate the effects of climate change—instead loosening requirements for polluters emitting the greenhouse gases that fuel the climate crisis. This dangerous agenda is affecting the lives of Americans across all 50 states.
Between 2017 and 2019, Connecticut experienced two severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.
Impacts of climate change
-Connecticut’s sea level has risen 5 inches since 1964 and is projected to rise another 6 inches by 2032. Connecticut is preparing to spend more than $2 billion on solutions for sea-level rise.
-Currently, 55,000 people living in Connecticut are at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, that number is projected to be 85,000.
-From June 2016 through May 2017, Connecticut experienced its longest drought since 2000, when the U.S. Drought Monitor began recording data. At one point during the drought, more than 70 percent of the state was considered in extreme or severe drought.
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