National Climate Assessment: Rural Communities chapter

The U.S. is still predominantly a rural country, even though most of its population lives in cities. Rural America supplies the rest of the country with food, fiber, energy, and many other benefits, and “climate change is hitting those rural areas in ways that will disrupt most of those relationships,” says David Hales, convening lead author for the National Climate Assessment’s Rural Communities chapter.

Climate changes will affect growing seasons, the availability of water, disease patterns, tourism, and infrastructure – all of which will change rural communities in fundamental ways.

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