Study ranks Kentucky 9th most at-risk state to consequences of climate change

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(WEHT) – According to a new study, Kentucky is the ninth most at-risk state to experience consequences from climate change.

According to the study by SafeHome.org (using data from Climate Central, an environmental advocacy group), Kentucky is at-risk in four of five categories – extreme heat, drought, wildfires and inland flood.

Here are some of the expected consequences according to the study:

  • 22 increased mosquito season days per year, ninth-lowest in the country.
  • 3.37% of the population vulnerable to extreme heat, fourth highest in the country.
  • 72 dangerous heat days by 2050.
  • 95% increase in widespread summer drought, 2000-2050.
  • 3.6% of the population at elevated risk in inland flooding.
  • 14 increased high wildfire risk days, 2000-2050, eighth lowest in the country.
  • 33.7% of population in elevated wildfire risk, eighth lowest in the country.

Indiana ranked 26th and Illinois ranked 41st.

Click here to read the full study.

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(This story was originally published on January 14, 2020)

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