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Climate change is a hard thing to imagine, especially 60 years into the future. With that in mind, environmental scientists have developed a web-based app that can tell people living in one of 540 cities in Canada or the continental United States, how their homes will transform by the year 2080—and which modern-day city it is most likely to resemble.
Using 27 different climate models, researchers looked at 12 different aspects of climate—including maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation, and how those factors vary with the seasons—for each location under two scenarios: one in which atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) rise from 410 parts per million (ppm) today to around 650 ppm in the year 2100, and another in which CO2 levels rise to about 1370 ppm. Then, they compared projected data points from each city with the climates those locales experience now.
Lower-emissions - Scenario - % - Cities
In the lower-emissions scenario, about 70% of the cities have a...
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