New White House Report Says Climate Change is Here and it’s Going to Get Worse

According to CNN, climate change is here and it will be getting worse.

The statement comes from the National Climate Assessment report, released by the White House on Tuesday. The report is part of President Barack Obama’s initiative to prepare the country for the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more unpredictable weather.

The report analyzed the impacts of climate change on seven sectors: human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests and ecosystems. It was produced by more than 300 experts and guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee.

According to CNN, the National Climate Assessment reports that evidence of human-made climate change “continues to strengthen” and “Americans are noticing changes all around them.”

The report says some of these changes include summers being longer and hotter, winters being shorter and warmer for the most part and rain coming in heavier downpours. People have also noticed changes in the length and severity of their seasonal allergies, the plants that are growing in their gardens and the types of birds they see. In coastal areas, flooding happens more often. The same goes for Midwest and Northeast inland cities near large rivers.

As for recommendations, the report explains that some impacts are now unavoidable, thanks to “past emissions of long-lived heat-trapping gases.” However, continuing to focus on lowering our current emissions will help prevent future global warming and impacts.

The report also advises adaptation, which ties in with resiliency. The idea is to adapt to current and expected conditions, preparing for the impacts of climate change. This would result in less harm and damage when those impacts occur, whether they be storm surges, floods, droughts or some other event.

 

For the CNN article, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/06/politics/white-house-climate-energy/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
For the National Climate Assessment report, click here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/05/politics/document-climate-change/