In the Midwestern region, extreme heat, flooding and intense rain is expected to harm agriculture, health and infrastructure. The National Climate Assessment also points to increased risks from climate change to the Great Lakes, including harmful algae blooms, and increased incursions from invasive species.
Illinois farmers could experience crop losses of up to 24 percent over the next 5 to 25 years. By the end of the century, the state economy could lose $1.5 to $13 billion a year from crop losses alone.
In the next 35 years, the number of days hotter than 95°F in Illinois are expected to more than double, to upwards of 20 days a year. By 2050, the average Chicagoan will likely experience more days above 95°F than the average Texan does today.
Flooding in urban areas in Illinois has led to at least $2.4 billion worth of damage between 2007 to 2014.Rain in the state has increased by 10 percent in the last century. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, leading to an increase in extreme precipitation and flooding.
Clean Energy Efforts and Opinions in Illinois:
Sixty-seven percent of adults in Illinois understand global warming is happening and more than half agree it is caused mostly by human activities.
A notable 80 percent of Illinois adults support funding research into renewable energy and 78 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant.