The National Climate Assessment found that rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are exacerbatingSoutheastern United States vulnerability to extreme heat events, intensified storms and hurricanes, and decreased water availability.
Over the past 30 years, Georgia has experienced an average of 11 days per year of temperatures above 95°F. By 2020-2039, that number is likely to reach up to 33 such days and by mid-century residents of Georgia could experience 58 more days (over two additional months) of extreme heat, according to one report.
Georgia's Energy Efforts and Opinions:
As part of the Clean Power Plan, Georgia is working towards and on track to exceed its goal of reducing state emissions by 34.3% by 2030.
The Yale Map Project on Climate Change Communication gauged Georgia’s support for regulating CO2 and funding renewable energy. The Project finds that fully 74% would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant, and an estimated 60% would support setting strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants. A robust 75% would support funding more research into renewable energy.
Georgia is a party to the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. The state had convened several meetings to discuss how to reduce its emissions and was beginning to develop a plan to meet the CPP goals; following the Supreme Court stay it has suspended the planning process.