The United States of
Climate Change

By Zach Levitt

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What does climate change mean for the United States? And how does your county compare?

Despite its gravity, climate change can often feel like an invisible and distant threat. For many in the United States, it is easy to feel guarded from the worst effects. What would it take for Americans to understand the ways in which climate change could fundamentally alter life and worsen existing inequalities?

Using county-level data from a recent study of estimated climate change damages in the United States between 2080 and 2099 (Hsiang et al. 2017), this project aims to answer these questions by visualizing and personalizing climate change geography. Due to the nature of the data, this tool allows you to focus on how your county's risk compares to the rest of the country.

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