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yea i know its an old subject, but fuk anyone who can't pull their head out of their ass long enough to read this. - follow links for full report.
June 16, 2009
This afternoon, joined John Holdren, director of the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy; Thomas Karl, director of NOAA s National
Climatic Data Center; and Jerry Melillo, director of the Ecosystems Center at
the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., at a White House press
event to announce the results of a new, major scientific report that details
the impacts of climate Report Cover - Global Climate Change Impacts in the
United States <http://www.globalchange.gov/usimpacts> change on the United
Findings from the 190-page Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
<http://www.globalchange.gov/usimpacts> report confirm what scientists have
long suspected: climate change due to heat-trapping pollution is already
occurring and is visible throughout the United States, and the choices we
make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future.
The nonpartisan report, commissioned in 2007, is an authoritative assessment
of the most up-to-date climate change science available. The report, which
underwent extensive public and peer review, outlines climate-related trends
and projections for the nation, as well as for specific regions and sectors
of the United States.
Authored by a team of 31 leading climate scientists from the U.S. Global
Change Research Program <http://www.globalchange.gov/> a consortium of
government agencies, major universities and research institutions and
reviewed by hundreds of scientists, Climate Change Impacts will provide
policy makers and citizens with the science-based evidence they need to
inform their climate policy decisions. It also provides a window into the
actions being taken or that could be taken to respond to climate change.
The landmark, scientific study was expressly written in plain language so
that its findings are readily accessible to the public, the media and
decision makers from all levels.
Here are a few key highlights from the report:
* Global warming is due primarily to human-induced emissions of
heat-trapping pollution mainly from the burning of fossil fuels as well as
from forest clearing and agricultural activities. Earlier reductions in
emissions will have a greater effect in reducing climate change than
comparable reductions made later.
* In the United States, climate change is causing increases in
temperatures, more heavy downpours, sea-level rise, less snow and ice cover,
and other impacts.
* Unless polluting emissions are reduced significantly, heat waves will
become more frequent; heavy downpours will cause more severe flooding; and
agriculture will be increasingly challenged by insects, diseases and drought.
* Reduced summer water availability will create greater demand for
water in some regions, especially in the West.
* Rising water temperatures and ocean acidification threaten coral
reefs and diverse ecosystems with major implications for our fish supply, our
fishing industry and our coastal communities.
* Local sea-level rise of 3 to 4 feet on top of storm surges will
increasingly threaten homes and coastal infrastructure; more of our coastal
lands will be lost to rising seas.
I encourage you to explore the full Climate Change Impacts report, including
a highlights brochure and region-specific fact sheets, which are available
at: http://www.globalchange.gov/usimpacts. Other helpful resources include:
from NOAA s Climate Program
* The Climate Change 101 Module