Climate change has been at the forefront of conversation for years, as environmental experts have warned that extreme danger is on the way if some changes aren’t made—unfortunately, it looks like that danger is closer than previously expected. According to recent data compiled by climate crisis research, a quarter of the U.S. could be in danger of an “extreme heat belt” by the year 2053.
@People reports, the First Street Foundation, a climate crisis research organization, released its findings that suggest that in just 30 years, over 1,000 counties in the United States are expected to experience temperatures exceeding 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Those counties translate to around 107.6 million Americans who would be impacted, or a quarter of the current U.S. population.
Additionally, First Street Foundation further warns that the aforementioned “extreme heat belt,” would stretch from the borders of Northern Texas and Louisiana to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Organization founder Matthew Eby spoke about the alarming research, saying “We need to be prepared for the inevitable, that a quarter of the country will soon fall inside the Extreme Heat Belt with temperatures exceeding 125°F and the results will be dire.”
Meanwhile, within the next year Eby also stated that 50 counties in the U.S. are expected to experience temperatures that are above 125 degrees Fahrenheit, amounting to approximately 8 million Americans.
Central areas in the U.S. will be particularly impacted by 2053, as “there are no coastal influences to mitigate extreme temperatures,” based on information posted earlier today from the First Street Foundation.