MIC: What cities will be most affected by climate change? At this point, pretty much everyone is aware of climate change and the fact that, well, it sucks. The reality is that climate change is already changing your life — and your location plays a huge role in what its continued impact will be. It’s hard to decisively say which cities are at the most risk due to climate change because there are so many factors at play: It’s not only about warming temperatures, but also about rising sea levels, increased risks for crop hazards, natural disasters, and more.
For example, Minnesota may not have to worry about the sea anytime soon, but it does have heavy precipitation, increased flooding risks, and adverse health effects from air pollution. If things continued unchecked, coastal cities will probably be among the first to suffer drastic consequences. Globally, that includes places like Manila, Philippines; Lagos, Nigeria; and Osaka, Japan. But what about within the United States? Let’s take a look at five U.S. cities that are facing some of the biggest risks from climate change. And remember: Even if your city isn’t on this list, you’ve got a stake in the fight against climate change, and all of the factors (hey, capitalism) behind it.