Anyone who has visited the Southeast United States knows how hot and humid it can be, especially in the summer when perspiration saturates your clothes and inside with air conditioning is the only place to be. Well, you will remember these as the good old days.
The future for the Southeast United States (Louisiana to Virginia) will be a continuing increase in hotter temperatures with high humidity, causing unbearable living conditions in many places, especially for those at risk in states like Florida. And even more winter days will become warmer. “The number of freezing days in the Southeast has declined by four to seven days per year for most of the region since the mid-1970s.”
“Continued warming is projected, with the greatest increases in summer. The number of very hot days is projected to rise at a faster rate than average temperatures. Average annual temperatures are projected to rise 4.5 degrees F under a lower emissions scenarios and 9 degrees F under a higher emissions scenario with a 10.5 degree F increase in summer and a much higher heat index.”
SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES: The threat to people, plants , and animals.
Extreme heat, along with humidity, will cause severe problems across the Southeast, including deaths. Mitigation from the heat has not been considered yet. How do you mitigate the outdoors when the sunshine is part of the attraction for this region, especially along the many beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. Some problems include:
- Increased illness and death due to greater heat stress, unless effective adaptation measures are implemented.
- Decline in forest growth and agricultural crop production due to the combined effects of thermal stress and declining soil moisture. (Crop failures increase, especially South Florida with a water shortage problem from too many people.)
- Decline in dissolved oxygen in stream, lakes, and shallow aquatic habitats leading to fish kills and loss of aquatic species diversity. (pdf.)
With a large number of senior citizens living and vacationing in the Southeast, a serious problem with their continued health and survival will exist in the region (my prediction). “The reduction in cold-related deaths is not expected to offset the increase in heat-related deaths.”
And remember the dry weather in the Southeast has caused big problems with wildfires. The future is for “more frequent and intense wildfires.”
TOO MANY PEOPLE WILL CAUSE TOO MANY PROBLEMS:
The drought in North Georgia in 2007 was exacerbated by a continuing increase of legal and illegal (Mexicans) in the area. An exploding population in the Southeast region over the next few decades, especially Florida, will bring unmanageable problems to the region. By 2050 Florida will grow from 17,272,595 to 31,750,000 in a state with severe water shortages in the south and a growing problem in Northern sections with population increases. The whole region will suffer.
In 2005, the U.S. Government (George W. Bush), along with Canada and Mexico, in partnership with North American corporations, decided to import huge numbers of foreigners through integration in order to form a North American trading region, following in the path of the European Union. See ‘Building a North American Community’, pp. 3,8,32. Also see the U.S. State Department document and link to Building a North American Community.
All citizens of North America can then “live and work” anywhere in North America (pp.27,28). Barack Obama has announced (Feb. 5, 2011) his North American perimeter is now under construction between Canada and the United States, with Mexico included in other bilateral agreements. Once the perimeter is finished and each nation has “operational control” of its outer border, the interior borders can be opened to all North Americans.
Wikileaks has a 2005 message from the U.S. Ambassador in Canada to Washington explaining how to bring about the integration of North America without the citizens opposing the project. And that would be by keeping a low profile. It includes, of course, the news media’s cooperation.
SEA-LEVEL RISE WILL BRING SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES TO THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES:
From Louisiana to Florida and up to Virginia, large communities of retirees and families have decided that living on the beach at sea level or close to it is the way to live. Instead, it will make New York and New Jersey pale compared to the destruction that will visit the coastal communities every summer with multiple storms bringing wind, rising tides, torrential rains and flooding along the coast of Florida and its coastal neighbors. During recent Tropical Storm Debby the interior of the sunshine state had tropical rains adding up to 40 inches, flooding inland areas where it ‘s never flooded before and causing over 50 sinkholes in one county.
“Low-lying areas, including some communities, will be inundated more frequently-some permanently-by the advancing sea. Current buildings and infrastructure were not designed to withstand the intensity of the projected storm surge, which could cause catastrophic damage. If sea-level rise increases at an accelerated rate (dependent upon ice sheet response to warming [how much Greenland ice melts]) a large portion of the Southeast coastal zone could be threatened.”
“Quality of life will be affected by increasing heat stress,water scarcity, severe weather events, and reduced availability of insurance for at-risk properties.” Indeed, many homeowners won’t be eligible for insurance throughout the Southeast Region.
On my scale, I put the Southeast United States number two behind the Southwest Region as places I would avoid as a place to live.