These maps show how climate change is affecting your city in real time

It’s been a summer of climate disasters in the US: brutal heatwaves from California to Texas. Catastrophic flooding in Kentucky and Missouri. Wildfires in Alaska that have burned an area larger than Connecticut and, across the rest of the US, hundreds of other fires are now burning. Droughts that have affected more than half the country.

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A new set of tools from the federal government, built by mapping company Esri, maps climate impacts in real time and also shows what’s coming as the climate crisis intensifies. The new portal is designed to help cities, businesses and residents better understand the risks “and give them tools so they can prepare their communities and make them more resilient in the face of these serious stresses,” he said. David Hayes, special assistant to the president for climate policy, said at a news conference announcing the new platform.

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A map shows current extreme heat, wildfires, droughts, and inland and coastal flooding. If you type a city or address into a separate assessment tool on the website, it shows current risks by census tract, then explains future risks under two scenarios: What if greenhouse gas emissions fall rapidly, and what if remain high. In Miami, for example, a map shows how much more of the coastline would go under water in a high-emissions scenario. The dashboard also shows how much extreme heat and other hazards are likely to increase under each scenario. The site also includes links to help cities find federal grants to build more resilient infrastructure.

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“We’re spending tens of millions of dollars on climate resilience and related investments, and this tool will help me understand where the most effective places to put those dollars are,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said at the press conference. Phoenix is ​​one of the first cities to have a heat chief, with other cities likely to follow. “How can I help the most people in my community? Do we need to invest in cool corridors and tree planting? Where is the best place to help those most vulnerable to climate change?’ The site maps where disadvantaged communities are most at risk.

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The tools make it clear that we are not prepared for the climate catastrophes happening now – but we are also not living in a ‘new normal’, as the impacts are on track to get even worse without radical cuts in emissions. Large wildfires in the West could be six times more likely by mid-century.

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