Monday, January 11, 2010

Global Climate Change Impacts -- Not Some TEA Party Topic, but . . . .

How will global climate change affect us? This report look deeply at energy, water, Ag, health. Of course, the effects of climate-related changes are here -- temperatures and sea levels have been rising, The Midwest and northern Great Plains have experienced increases of more than 7 degrees F in average winter temps.

Water resources and the quality of the water are in decline. Floods and droughts, and the mountain snow packs are really in dire straits in the West and Alaska. Ogallala aquifer? Isn't recharging fast enough.

Ag is one of the sectors most able to adapt to climate change, Pests, water stress,hear, disease and all the weather extremes will challenge livestock and crop production.

Read on:

This web page will introduce and lead you through the content of the most comprehensive and authoritative report of its kind. The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

In addition to discussing the impacts of climate change in the U.S., the report also highlights the choices we face in response to human-induced climate change. It is clear that impacts in the United States are already occurring and are projected to increase in the future, particularly if the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to rise. So, choices about how we manage greenhouse gas emissions will have far-reaching consequences for climate change impacts. Similarly, there are choices to be made about adaptation strategies that can help to reduce or avoid some of the undesirable impacts of climate change. This report provides many of the scientific underpinnings for effective decisions to be made – at the national and at the regional level.

Use the menu navigation to access the various sections of the report. You can also download the corresponding PDFs or order hard copies of the report from Cambridge University Press.

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