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How Climate Change Affects M-A Students

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This winter, the Bay Area saw several of the largest storms on record. These storms led to power outages, evacuationsclosure of parts of the 101snow on Page Mill Road, and flooding of the entrance to the M-A PAC. These, and other extreme weather events, will become increasingly common and destructive as climate change disrupts typical weather patterns. The M-A Chronicle surveyed M-A students about how they’ve been impacted by extreme weather over the past few years. Out of the 62 respondents, all but two said that they had been impacted by power outages, flooding, heat waves, wildfires, drought, or other extreme weather. Their answers indicate that, while climate change may seem like a distant issue, it is already impacting our daily lives. Here are some of their responses:

How have you been impacted by power outages due to the recent storms?

How have you, your family, or your friends been impacted by flooding due to the recent storms?

How have you, your family, or your friends been impacted by heat waves last summer or in previous years?

How have you, your family, or your friends been impacted by wildfires or wildfire smoke?

How have you, your family, or your friends been impacted by the drought?

How have you been impacted by other extreme weather events or natural disasters?

Cleo is a senior in her third year of journalism. She enjoys writing about issues impacting the M-A community, particularly environmental issues. She is also on the M-A cross-country and track teams.

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