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Jessie Fischer, Kansas City Educator, is a Missouri native who looks forward to educating, inspiring, and activating Kansas City students around climate change and environmental stewardship.
Region Specific Climate info
Learn more about the specific impacts of climate change in Kansas City:
- Heat Waves: During the summer of 2012, Missouri and Kansas together broke over 1,030 daily high maximum temperature records. Heat waves are expected to become more frequent and more intense, with Kansas City experiencing almost a month and a half of days over 100oF every summer by the end of the century.
- Human Health Hazards:
- Extreme heat: Heat waves kill more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and lightning combined. This past summer, there were 28 heat-related fatalities in Missouri. Extreme heat is also dangerous for athletes who practice outside, as it can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and deadly heatstroke as well as aggravate existing medical conditions like diabetes.
- Air quality: More heat means more smog. Poor air quality worsens asthma for the almost 9% of American children who suffer from the disease.
- Flooding: Heavy rains in Kansas City are expected to increase, causing flooding and overloading our sewage system, polluting our rivers and drinking water with dangerous e-coli and raw sewage. Kansas City is spending over $2.4 billion to help control this overflow problem.
- Agriculture: Agriculture is a huge part of the region's identity and economy. However, thanks to climate change, the Midwest is expected to experience more heat stress, increased drought and flood risks, and an expansion of crop pests' range, all of which are expected to decrease agricultural productivity in the region, hurting local farmers and local economies.
- Food prices: This loss in agricultural productivity will increase food prices here in the U.S. and around the world.