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Tennessee State Profile and Energy Estimates

Tennessee stretches almost 500 miles across from the state’s eastern border with Virginia and North Carolina to its western border at the Mississippi River. Tennessee’s westernmost city, Memphis, is one of the world’s busiest hubs for barge, air, truck, and rail cargo traffic. Wide bends in the Tennessee River divide the state into three regions: the largely mountainous east, a central basin rimmed by highlands, and the low, rolling plains of western Tennessee.


The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Tennessee

Between 2017 and 2019, Tennessee experienced five severe storms, two floods, one winter storm, one tropical cyclone, and one freeze. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.


Climate Change Impacts On Tennessee

The earth’s climate is changing because of excess carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere, generated when fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas are burned. This extra carbon traps more heat, like a greenhouse, which explains why 2000 to 2009 was the hottest decade ever recorded and there have been over 365 consecutive months with hotter-than-average global temperatures.


Climate change in Tennessee

While climate change is often talked about in the future tense, our climate is already changing in both averages and the number and intensity of extremes. Tennessee has recently experienced both record flooding and unprecedented drought, increased instances of severe weather and tornadoes, and overall warmer temperatures as a result of climate change.