Climate change drives extreme weather patterns, creates new obstacles for Missourians 

By Colleen Wouters

Heatwaves, drought and heavy downpours are some of the main ways people encounter climate change. 

These extreme weather and climate events are becoming increasingly more common across the United States.

According to the National Climate Assessment, “over the last 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and droughts.”

In addition, while the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events increases, the financial cost of such events is increasing as well. 

In 2020, there was a record-breaking 22 climate-related disasters where overall damages exceeded $1 billion across the United States. 

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