Special Report

27 Climate Emergencies That Are Happening Now and Can’t Be Stopped

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17. Allergy season has lengthened

Over the decade between 2001 and 2010, the average annual start of the pollen season was three days earlier than during the previous decade. The severity and frequency of illnesses tied to allergies — like asthma and hay fever — are expected to increase.

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18. More heat waves

The total land area worldwide that has 30 days of extreme heat per year has roughly doubled since 1998.

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19. Increasing drought

If the increase in global average surface temperature reaches the 1.5 C mark, which it is almost certain to do, 350 million additional people will be exposed to severe drought regularly.

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20. More global precipitation

More water vapor in the atmosphere as a result of global warming has led to an 8.5% increase in global precipitation since 1900.

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21. More precipitation in the US

Annual precipitation in the United States has increased by approximately 4% between 1901 and 2015.

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