The Natural Resources Defense Council argues that climate change increases the risk of record-breaking dirty weather events that threaten communities across the country. In the first 10 months of 2011, they recorded 2,941 monthly weather records broken by extreme events that struck communities in the US. The NRDC site has an interactive image that shows change over time and by location. On their site they add:
Extreme weather events inflict tremendous costs on our health and families… We need to be prepared. Emergency planning must incorporate risks from climate change. For example, maps describing flooding zones need to account for increased risks caused by extreme rainfall and sea level rise resulting from climate change. While these plans are made at the local level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must also prioritize addressing and preparing for climate change by providing guidance and resources to state and local governments.
Commenting on the image, Brian Merchant from green-resource Treehugger says:
This map makes it perfectly clear that record-breaking weather events are happening all around the nation, and that climate change is likely impacting more Americans’ lives than ever. And climate deniers and delayers are seeing their arguments shattered by cruel reality. The question is now, will being presented by such a daunting reality move those Americans already impacted by global warming to finally address it?