America's Preparedness Report Card

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Wisconsin faces considerable and significantly increasing threats from extreme heat, drought, and inland flooding between now and 2050. Even though the state is working to understand how climate change is increasing its future risks, it has done little to implement programs that would aim to reduce its risks. 

Extreme Heat

Dangerous heat days that are currently rare in Wisconsin are projected to occur much more regularly by 2050. Through efforts like Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation report the state is working to better understand its future vulnerabilities to extreme heat.

Drought

Typical summer drought severity is expected to double by 2050 in Wisconsin, but so far the state's adaptation measures are limited to an educational toolkit for health care providers on climate-related health risks, which includes drought.

Wildfires

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Inland Flooding

200,000 people live in Wisconsin's flood-prone areas, and while the state has done a lot to address its current inland flooding risks, it has taken very few steps to put comprehensive adaptations plans in place that focus on future flood risks.

Coastal Flooding

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.