The Northland is considered a climate change proof area. That's at least in regards to what we've been seeing in other regions in the United States. There have been articles published about where the best places to live will be by 2100 A.D. That seems like a long ways off, but it's really only a couple of generations away.

Climate Change is expected to bring a bunch of problems to regions across the United States. Coastal areas could be hit hard with rising sea levels. Hurricanes are also expected to be more severe and more numerous throughout the season. According to Thinglink.com hurricanes will also be more severe for Northern East Coast states and locations like New York, Boston, and the rest of New England. Mosquito diseases are also expected to hit Southern and Western regions, with only really the upper Midwest expected to avoid things like the Zika virus and others.

As we've already seen in recent years, wildfires are getting worse and worse out west. Record sizes have been recorded. The United Nations just issued a warning about climate change saying it's getting even worse than they had feared. While we have experienced a drought in our region this summer, we haven't had to worry about drinking water like California has.

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The colder climate of The Northland makes it more of a desirable place long term. The upper Midwest is less prone to drought, hurricanes, severe weather, and insect diseases. That could mean that in decades to come there could be more people, businesses, and industry moving into the upper Midwest including the Northland. You can't predict the future, but it is a plausible scenario that could play out.

Think about periods of time in history where you would see large groups of people migrate across the country. There was the western frontier expansion in the 1800's. You had the California gold rush. People fled the dust bowl. Gas, oil, and mining brought people to different locations across the country. It is conceivable that in a future where the climate becomes harder to live with that people will once again migrate to a place that offers a better future. That place may just be right here. Time will tell.

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Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

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