The impacts of climate change are increasingly evident across the United States. Over the past few decades, the country has experienced increasingly rising sea levels, more frequent wildfires, stronger hurricanes, more severe winter storms, and rapidly fluctuating temperatures.
These extreme weather events and other climate effects have real costs for Americans: From 2017 to 2019, there were 44 unique extreme weather and climate events with damages that totaled $1 billion or more, costing the United States more than $460 billion.
While the science is clear, President Donald Trump’s administration is continuing to enact an anti-environment agenda. Just in the past three years, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental rules and regulations to the detriment of the environment and Americans’ public health. Moreover, the administration refuses to act to mitigate the effects of climate change—instead loosening requirements for polluters emitting the greenhouse gases that fuel the climate crisis. This dangerous agenda is affecting the lives of Americans across all 50 states.
The following fact sheets aim to highlight how states are experiencing climate change differently—and how the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks are affecting each state. Click on the links below to explore more about extreme weather and climate effects in your state. This list will be updated with more states each week.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington, D.C.
- West Virginia
To read the personal stories of Americans affected by climate change and the impacts of the Trump administration’s anti-environmental policies in your state, visit OurEnvironment.org.
Amy Patronella is an intern for the Energy and Environment War Room at the Center for American Progress. Katherine So is the special assistant for Energy and Environment at the Center.