Top Climate Change Risks: Storm, Heat, Coastal Flood
Learn how climate change is affecting people in South Carolina.
Then, check your local risk for heat, storm, fire, drought, and flood through 2050.
Of the top cities in South Carolina, the city with the highest overall risk is Columbia. The city with the lowest overall risk is Hilton Head Island.
For heat, Hilton Head Island has the lowest risk and Rock Hill has the highest risk.
For storm, Charleston has the lowest risk and Greenville has the highest risk.
For drought, Columbia has the lowest risk and Summerville has the highest risk.
For fire, Columbia has the lowest risk and Hilton Head Island has the highest risk.
For flood, Rock Hill has the lowest risk and Hilton Head Island has the highest risk.
Among the lower 48 states, South Carolina's highest ranking is #14 for drought risk.
Arizona and Wyoming rank highest for drought risk Mississippi and Illinois rank lowest for drought risk
South Carolina ranks #15 for fire risk.
Highest fire risk: Utah and Kansas
Lowest fire risk: District Of Columbia and Rhode Island
See our fire ranking methodology.
South Carolina ranks #25 for heat risk.
Highest heat risk: Florida and Louisiana
Lowest heat risk: Washington and North Dakota
South Carolina ranks #17 for storm risk.
Highest storm risk: New Hampshire and Vermont
Lowest storm risk: Nevada and New Mexico
An extremely hot day in South Carolina depends on your location: 100ºF is extremely hot for Columbia, while 93ºF is considered extremely hot for Charleston. This is based on historical maximum temperatures on the top 2% of days in an average year.
The frequency of very hot days is increasing. On average, someone in South Carolina will experience about 41 extremely hot days in 2050.
A typical person in the U.S. will experience about 43 extremely hot days in 2050.
Mitigating climate change—by eliminating our emissions into the atmosphere and reducing our strain on the environment—and adapting to our changing planet are both vital to our well-being.
Check your address and get a free report describing risks to your property and in your area.
Your level of risk depends on your city's capacity to adapt. Look up information on your city's characteristics and how they relate to preparedness for climate change: ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assessment.
Check our free report for tips on protecting your home from hazards.
Green infrastructure is a category of nature-based solutions increasing precipitation. Find resources for individuals and municipalities through the EPA's Soak Up the Rain initiative.
Planting trees and vegetation helps reduce extreme heat in urban environments. Cool Pavements can also help urban heat islands. Search the Heat Island Community Actions Database to see what some municipalities have been doing to reduce extreme heat risk.
Read more about building resilience for communities: U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.
Use the Common Cause tool to find your representatives (federal to local), how to contact them, and information about political contributions and bills they have introduced.
Change is necessary–and possible–across the globe and in every part of our society. Learn more with Project Drawdown's introduction to climate solutions.
Estimate your home's carbon footprint with the CoolClimate Calculator. Or, estimate the carbon footprint of your business.