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State Facing “Apocalyptic Threat” from Climate Change

Wildfires. Heatwaves. Mudslides. Water shortages. They’ll soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, according to California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment report released by the governor’s office along with other state agencies.

By 2050, city heatwaves could cause to 11,300 additional deaths. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, the state could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.

The report also warns of erosion of up to 67% of its famous coastline, up to an 8.8 degree rise in average maximum temperatures, and billions of dollars in damages. As climate change progresses, overall rainfall likely would remain the same, but would come in the form of extreme storms followed by longer periods of drought.

“These findings are profoundly serious, and will continue to guide us as we confront the apocalyptic threat of irreversible climate change,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in a tweet about the report.

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