Five US states where climate change could be disastrous

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Mississippi already averages 25 days a year of dangerous heat and 1.7 million people potentially threatened by wildfire, according to the report. But the state has taken no climate-change driven action. By 2050, the state is projected to have 100 dangerous heat days a year – third in the entire nation – and 60 days of high wildfire potential.

The state currently tracks the impact of coastal flooding, but there are no plans or policies in place to deal with climate change risks.

Mississippi’s emergency management department told the BBC they were proud that the report recognised “our current strong State Mitigation Plan, State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and other steps that address current risk.

“All Mississippi agencies can and will adapt to any changes and continue to be strong in the future,” a spokesman said in a email.