California houses in danger – level 2

08-03-2024 07:00

Heavy rains in California are causing floods and erosion and they threaten expensive homes on cliffs.

Officials declared a state of emergency in eight counties, which cover over 20 million people. Rich homeowners in cities like San Clemente and Dana Point nervously watched their homes as landslides started. The state may help people protect their properties from damage related to climate change. The amount could be 150 billion dollars by 2100.

Some areas discuss retreat strategies, which would mean moving away. Other people already had to leave because it was too dangerous to stay. Some insurance companies don’t want to do business in regions which are prone to wildfires. But these problems are not just in California. Other US states are also dealing with problems related to climate change.

Difficult words: erosion (the gradual destruction of land by wind, water, or other natural agents), threaten (to be likely to do harm or damage), prone (to be likely to suffer from something bad).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are some examples of cities or regions in the US besides California that are facing issues with climate change and what actions are being taken to address them?


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