Pedestrians brave the rain in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, April 3, 2017. Scientists say bursts of rainfall could increase in frequency in coming years as a result of climate change. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM) AJC FILE PHOTO

Ga. officials warn of local impacts of climate change after report publicized

Atlanta isn’t home to any icebergs at risk of melting. It’s not on the coast, where rising sea levels can flood communities. And while summers in the city are hot, Atlanta is far from becoming a dry desertscape.

But the impacts of climate change are likely to still put long-term stress on metro Atlanta, scientists, officials and activists said, one day after The New York Times widely publicized a report that predicts rising temperatures nationwide and reduced rainfall in the southeastern United States.

The study concluded that the average U.S. temperature is expected to rise. In the southeast, the report predicts, conditions are getting drier.

Read more about the local impacts of climate change and reactions to the report on

Clarification: The New York Times issued a correction on Wednesday stating that the federal report on climate change was public before the Times published it. It was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January, the newspaper said. This article has been edited to reflect those changes.


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