A new report provides the specific economic impacts of decades of climate change both in Alabama and throughout the United States.
In Alabama, the largest issue is expected to be increased temperature. By 2040, the report estimates that the state will see up to 33 additional days per year above 95 degrees. That would result in a nearly 9% drop in crop yields, a 7.5% jump in energy demand, and nearly 500 additional deaths per year.
Birmingham and Mobile are both electing mayors on Tuesday.
In Birmingham, incumbent William Bell faces four challengers as he seeks his first, full four-year term. Bell originally took office after the felony conviction of former Mayor Larry Langford and then won a shortened term.
Bell is being opposed by Kamau Afrika, Patricia Bell, Stephannie Sigler Huey and Adlai Trone in a low-key municipal campaign.
In Mobile, Mayor Sam Jones is being opposed by Sandy Stimpson and Doris Brown.