Tennessee’s climate is changing. Although the average temperature did not change much during the 20th century, the state has warmed in the last 20 years. Average annual rainfall is increasing, and a rising percentage of that rain is falling on the four wettest days of the year. In the coming decades, the changing climate is likely to reduce crop yields, threaten some aquatic ecosystems, and increase some risks to human health.
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A new study examining climate change and potential future impacts found depending on where you live in Tennessee, the climate could see some big changes.
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy started the Renew Tennessee campaign back in 2018 with goals of lowering utility bills for Tennesseans most in need, increasing access to clean, renewable energy, and putting the “public” back in public power. Since then, people all over the state have taken a countless number of actions, attended multiple events, and gathered thousands of petition signatures to push for these goals.
Growing up in the Upstate area of South Carolina, my family and I oftentimes made the short trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, the most visited of all the national parks. We would play in the cool streams, hike on the trails, and gawk at the wildlife we encountered.