Saturday, January 12, 2013

National Climate Assessment being released for comment


The National Climate Assessment Report is second only to the IPCC report in importance for climate change in the US.

Every four years a number of scientists in the US come together to synthesize new information on the state of climate change for the US.

It's now being released for a 3-month comment period. It can be downloaded at GlobalChange.gov.

It's a long document.

It's also strongly worded in many parts.

Here's the opening paragraph of the Executive Summary:

"Climate change is already affecting the American people. Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense, including heat waves, heavy downpours, and, in some regions, floods and droughts. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and arctic sea ice are melting. These changes are part of the pattern of global climate change, which is primarily driven by human activity."

Climate change is no longer a future scenario but a present reality.

As I read through this, I'll post anything else that stands out.

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