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Climate scientists say get ready for more extreme heat — and a stressed power grid

SANTA ROSA, CA - OCTOBER 13: A downed power line and the remins of a home and a car are seen in the Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood following the damage caused by the Tubbs Fire on October 13, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. Twenty four people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 3,500 homes and businesses in several Northern California counties.  (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A downed power line and the remains of a home and a car are seen in the Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood following the damage caused by the Tubbs Fire on October 13, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

Scientists predict that with climate change, we’ll be seeing more extreme heat, wildfires, and sea level rise. And that’s going to stress out our electricity grid — and cause more power outages —unless we're better prepared.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.