Climate Hits Home

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According to Nature Climate Change, 85% of the world's population has been impacted by climate change. Have you?

"Climate change is visible and noticeable almost everywhere in the world," the study's lead author, Max Callaghan told The Washington Post

In this Planet Forward series, Climate Hits Home, students from the George Washington University reflect on how the shifting climate has affected their environments, their health, and their lives––and how conditions may change course in the future.

How do you move the Planet Forward? Tweet us @planet_forward or contribute to the conversation with your own story.

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A amber sand dune towers over the tiny figures of a group of people.

A towering sand dun in Wadi Rum(Farzona Comnas/George Washington University).

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Climate Hits Home | Jordan's deserts and rocky landscapes have been beloved by Hollywood and cinephiles for decades, yet the country has seen deadly flash floods. How are local environmentalists to respond?
Several neutral toned skyscrapers sit under a blue sky on the edge of a body of water.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York (massmatt/Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/). 

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Climate Hits Home | I’ll probably never know if climate change caused all that extra pollen that sent me to the emergency room that day, but the science is definitive. Warming temperatures usher in way more pollen.
A white dog swimming in a pond filled with algae.

A pup swims in a pond of blooming algae. Could he be at risk? (Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Commons)

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Climate Hits Home | Reoccurring algae blooms threaten life both in and out of the water. How will we break the news to our dogs?
A single beach goers sits in a beach chair in the sand in front of a row of palm trees.

Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina (Taylor Heery/Unsplash)

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Climate Hits Home | In many ways, the cultural landscape of South Carolina mirrors the physical landscape. How is climate change impacting that?
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

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Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.
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Climate Hits Home | My friends and I escaped the 2020 summer blues for a weekend camping. Before heading out, we stopped at the grocery store for food essentials. When we arrived at the site, we couldn’t cook any of it. 
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Climate Hits Home | As temperatures continue to rise and summers get more unbearable every year, will the future generation of kids in France still be able to enjoy their summers like I did?
A warmly lit white building over a city street at night.

(Yuting Wu/George Washington University)

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Climate Hits Home | When I was little, my grandma told me that the city’s name “Shanghai” was derived from its location. In Chinese, it means “above the sea.” Will it be much longer?
A suburban street flooded with water.

A neighborhood street in Hampton, Virginia, following a flash flood in 2020. (Aileen Devlin/Virginia Sea Grant https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)

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Climate Hits Home | On just one day in Virginia, I experienced a severe thunderstorm watch, a flash flood warning, a tornado warning, and a state of emergency. What is going on?
Black and white image of a man walking through a field and past a wirey-looking tree/

(Matthew Cox/The George Washington University)

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Climate Hits Home | Growing up in a family that owns and operates multiple oil fields across Texas, conversations around climate change sparsely came up during my childhood.