Media ReleaseFrom: The Royal Society
Risk of a feedback loop between climatic warming and human mobility
Human behaviors alter - and are altered by - climate. Might the impacts of warming on human behaviors amplify anthropogenic contributions to climate change? Here we show that warmer temperatures substantially increase transportation use in the United States. We project that warming over the coming century may add over one trillion cumulative vehicle miles traveled and six billion trips on public transit in the US alone, presenting the risk of a novel feedback loop in the human-environmental system.