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GEORGIA CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Gerogia Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Georgia: over 59,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Georgia: nearly 12,000
  • Number of solar jobs in Georgia: nearly 3,700
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Georgia: over 188,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Georgia: 259
  • Number of Georgians working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 37,000
  • Number of active wind energy manufacturing facilities in Georgia in 2018: 13
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in Georgia in 2018: nearly 1,000

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of Georgians who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat: over 310,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Georgia from 2007-2016: 27
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in Georgia in 2017: 6
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Georgia: over 14,000
  • Number of Georgians at risk of coastal flooding: 100,000
    • Number of additional Georgians projected to be at risk due to sea level rise by 2050: 38,000
  • Number of dangerous heat days Georgia experiences on average per year: 20
    • Number of dangerous heat days per year Georgia is projected to see by 2050: 90
  • Number of Georgians living in areas at an elevated risk of inland flooding: over 570,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Georgians that believed climate change was happening in 2018: 70%
  • Percentage of Georgians that believed climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 54%
  • Percentage of Georgians worried about climate change: 58%
  • Percentage of Georgians who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 67%