Report: Climate change deadlier, costlier, more destructive than once thought

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The potential effects of climate change on California are enough to take your breath away.

The California Natural Resources Committee released a report on Monday outlining the impact. 

The potential effects are far deadlier, costlier, and more destructive than previously thought.

The report states that by 2100, the average annual maximum daily temperature will increase by anywhere from 5.5 to almost 9 degrees, depending on the steps taken to reduce emissions.

That means by 2050, the water supply from our snowpack could decline by two-thirds, resulting in water shortages for agriculture.

Cities could see two-to-three times more heat-related deaths.

Anywhere from 31 to 67 percent of Southern California beaches could completely erode by the end of this century.

The number of highways susceptible to coastal flooding in a major storm will triple, potentially costing billions to repair. And the frequency of wildfires would increase.

Not only that, the average area burned statewide could increase 77 percent by 2100.

State energy officials say urgent action needs to be taken not only globally, but locally, as well to protect California from the effects of climate change–effects that are already being felt in the state.

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