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"To the south" will have a completely new meaning in a few decades.

New York, welcome to Arkansas. Minneapolis, say hello to Kansas. And San Francisco, your new home is L.A.

Due to global warming, hundreds of millions of Americans will have to adapt to dramatically new climates by 2080, a study published on Tuesday suggests.

"Children who live today, like my 12-year-old daughter, are going to see a dramatic transformation of the climate," said study lead author Matt Fitzpatrick of the Center for Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland. .

By 2080, for example, people living in New York City will see a climate similar to that of North Arkansas today. And people in Minneapolis will live in a climate equivalent to that of southern Kansas today.

Smog covers the center of Manhattan on July 10, 2007. By 2080, the climate of New York will be similar to that of Arkansas today. (Photo: ADAM ROUNTREE, AP)

On average, the city's climates will move 528 miles to the south if carbon emissions remain at their current levels. If the world is cut, cities move an average of 319 miles to the south.

"It is projected that the climate of many regions will change from the familiar to the conditions unlike those experienced in the same place by their parents, grandparents or perhaps any generation in millennia." Fitzpatrick said.

Even more disturbing, "many cities could experience climates without a modern equivalent in North America."

Plus: 250 deaths, $ 91 billion in damages: 2018 was a catastrophic year for the climate of the United States; 4th warmest for the world

Fitzpatrick observed 540 US cities. UU And Canada to find out how the future would feel. It averaged the results of 27 different computer models and then found the city that most resembles that futuristic scenario.

Therefore, Miami could be southern Mexico and the beautiful mornings in the future, Des Moines, Iowa, might feel like they are outside of Oklahoma.

Man-made climate change, also known as global warming, is caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil, which release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. the atmosphere. Additional carbon emissions cause temperatures in the atmosphere and oceans to rise to levels that can not be explained by natural causes.

"Under normal emissions, the average urban dweller will have to drive (some 600 miles) south to find a climate like the one expected in his hometown by 2080," Fitzpatrick said.

Plus: It is predicted that global warming will melt the huge glaciers of the Himalayas and will affect food production

Plus: The melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice could cause a more extreme climate

"Wow," said Northern Illinois University climate scientist Victor Gensini, who was not part of the study. "Science here is not new, but it's an excellent way to generate impact on the user at a local scale."

Fitzpatrick said that "similar efforts to communicate climate change often focus only on temperature, but climate is more than just temperature. It also includes the amount of precipitation an area receives, when it falls during the year, and how much it arrives in the form of snow against rain.

"Climate change will not only lead to warming, it will also alter precipitation patterns."

Take a look at this map and the database to see how your climate will change over the next 60 years.

The study was published in the British journal Nature Communications, peer-reviewed.

You will have to drive more than 500 miles to the south to find a climate similar to that of your hometown by 2080. (Photo: Matthew Fitzpatrick / Center for Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland)

Plus: The extreme heat of climate change is a "medical emergency", which sickens tens of millions around the world

Contributing: The Associated Press

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