Wednesday, March 30, 2022

PBS Terra reveals 'the Safest Place to Live as the Climate Changes'

It's time to return to climate change as PBS Terra reveals THIS Is the Safest Place to Live as the Climate Changes.

We asked six experts where the safest, or least risky, places will be to live as the climate changes and weather becomes more extreme. And the answer is pretty surprising. In this episode, we look at many hazards from temperature, storms, drought, farming, wildfire, polar vortex, hurricanes, sea-level rise, crop failure, extreme heat, and even economics. We look at the effect of climate on future migration patterns in the US and talk to someone who left New York City after Hurricane Sandy and identifies as a climate migrant. She ended up moving to the safest county in the United States from a weather and climate perspective. We’ll reveal where she went and why.
I was hoping it would be somewhere in Michigan, as I keep telling my students that Michigan is currently the safest state in the Union for natural disasters and Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been named the best place to move in advance of a changing climate. Instead, it was Lamoille County, Vermont. The best Michigan could do in the ProPublica study was Keweenaw County, the northernmost and least populated county in the Great Lakes State, at 22nd. Nine counties in Vermont, three counties each in Maine and Virginia, two counties in Colorado, and one county each in New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin all beat it. May they all start getting prepared for climate refugees moving in like Lamoille County is. Still, I'll take it. It reinforces my feeling that leaving California for Michigan has turned out to be a smart move, literally, the longer I live here.

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