A federal committee has just published a draft of the nation’s third climate assessment report, an analysis of the latest impacts of global warming on the United States and it’s shocking!
None of the draft’s findings are entirely new, but the report suggests that evidence is now stronger and it’s clearer than ever that the climate is rapidly changing.
According to Huffington Post:
The nation can expect increased impacts on everything from crops to fresh water supplies, and better and broader national plans for adaptation are needed, the assessment noted.
The committee’s leadership said in a letter addressed to the American people:
“Climate change presents a major challenge for society. This report and the sustained assessment process that is being developed represent steps forward in advancing our understanding of that challenge and its far-reaching implications for our nation and the world.”
In an emailed statement, Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters says that the changes are also behind serious the frequency of serious national disasters, such as the most recent tragic Hurricane Sandy.
“Hurricane Sandy and the historic droughts, floods and heat waves happening across the country aren’t a fluke, but the result of a climate warming much faster than previously thought,” he said. “If we put off action on climate change, the costs of addressing its impacts will only rise and this extreme weather will be just the beginning. This report should serve as a wake-up call that it’s time to act.”
It is clearly time for a plan of action!
Check out the committee’s full letter here!
SOURCE: Huffington Post