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Emissions of greenhouse gases are already impacting the U.S. in negative ways, a new report warns.


Brian Clark Howard

National Geographic

Published May 5, 2014

The White House plans to release a major report Tuesday outlining how human-driven climate change is already affecting the environment in the United States and warning of more warming to come, possibly signaling a more aggressive response to the issue from the Obama administration.

The government's report is expected to be the most comprehensive review of climate impacts in the U.S. in over a decade.

An official draft copy of the report, known as the Third National Climate Assessment, argues that climate change is resulting in substantial financial, public health, and ecological costs, from increasingly severe weather to disruption of infrastructure. The report points to droughts in the West and flood-based damage to roads in the East.

It is a "significantly more ambitious effort than previous assessments" in terms of scope and the extent to which the public was engaged, according to the National Resource Council's review of a draft copy of the report.

The last National Climate Assessment was released in 2009.

Many steps are being taken to curb emissions and mitigate impacts of climate change, but the draft of the new report warns that those actions have been insufficient, particularly at the local level.

For example, coastal communities haven't done enough to protect shorelines from rising seas, while many areas in the Southeast and Southwest aren't well prepared for water shortages, the report says.

The assessment shows that "Washington needs to play catch-up to where people are already, because they are already feeling climate-related changes in their own lives," says the Environmental Defense Fund's Eric Pooley.

Pooley, a senior vice president at the New York-based group, said President Obama has been following through on a Climate Action Plan he unveiled last June. The plan aims to set new rules on carbon emissions for new and existing power plants and address methane emissions from the gas industry.

But Pooley says the draft National Climate Assessment proves that plan is "not enough."

The White House, for its part, is preparing to promote this report more rigorously than the last such assessment.

Problems for Americans

The National Climate Assessment is intended to inform the president, Congress, and the public about up-to-date science on climate change and its "effects on U.S. regions and key sectors, now and in the coming decades," according to the National Research Council's review.

The draft report warns that the average temperature across the U.S. has risen 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since record keeping began in 1895. And 80 percent of that warming has happened since 1980. That climate change has started causing problems for Americans in sectors ranging from construction and transportation to agriculture and forestry to health.

Extreme weather, more wildfires, decreased air quality, insect-borne diseases, and food- and waterborne diseases will take an increasing toll on human health, especially among children, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

"Climate change will, absent other changes, amplify some of the existing health threats the nation now faces," the draft report warns, such as asthma and allergies.

Climate change is also disrupting natural systems and displacing species, the report cautions, which could impact the ability of ecosystems to provide useful "services" like flood control and watershed maintenance.

Extreme weather and sea-level rise are causing damage to buildings, roads, railways, runways, and other facilities in many regions. Climate change is straining water supplies, especially in the West, Southwest, and Southeast. Warming and acidifying oceans are reducing fish stocks.

In addition, "many agricultural regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production from increased stress due to weeds, diseases, insect pests, and other climate change-induced stresses," the draft report says.

Local Guidance

The report provides guidance for local officials across the country on how to respond to climate change. It advises coastal jurisdictions on how to prepare for sea-level rise and Western regions on planning for drought and wildfires. (Read "Rising Seas" in National Geographic magazine.)

Steps that federal and local governments have taken to reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change have been in the right direction, the draft report states. But it says those efforts should be redoubled to stave off the worst impacts.

"The domestic costs of climate change are already high and will increase further if emissions are not controlled," the nonprofit Climate Nexus warns in an analysis of the draft report.

Laurie Geller, director of the National Research Council's review of the National Climate Assessment, criticized earlier versions of the report for not being "clear enough on how climate change interacts with other environmental problems, because it's not occurring in isolation."

But she says later drafts did a better job at putting climate change in a broader context.

Recent episodes of unusual weather across much of the country, such as drought in California and flooding in the Midwest, "are illustrations of the types of risks that we are trying to mitigate against," says Geller.

The National Climate Assessment is an effort of 13 government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and others.

The report is overseen by a 60-person federal advisory committee, a group of science and business leaders who are meeting to review the draft early Tuesday morning and are expected to submit it shortly after in its final form to the White House.

The report was written by more than 240 scientists and other experts from academia; local, state, and federal government; the private sector; and the nonprofit community. Oil companies and environmental groups weighed in, and more than 4,000 public comments were submitted and responded to during the draft process.

Such reports on the status of climate science are due to the president and Congress every four years according to the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

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gerry welder
gerry welder

youtube: The IPCC Exposed   By the Corbett report 

Many so called IPCC 'top' scientists are "still 10 years away from a PHD".

Who really are the hysteric alarmists?With now all the exposed fraudulent papers, illegally withholding data, admitted manipulated studies and admissions of scientists lying,

perhaps the shrieking 'Warmists' are the real 'Deniers'.

Elections 2014, throw out the progressives; RINOs and 'all' democrats
 youtube:The Great Global Warming Swindle Full Movie " The club of Rome..


gerry welder
gerry welder

Now Rothschilds bought a weather broadcasting network (gee, I wonder why??? DUH), Google it:

EL Rothschild buys stake in Weather Central - -

youtube: The Rothschilds Exposed 3/3 see the last 3 minutes)  you will understand



The ideological basis for 'environmentalism'
Exposed -WWF & Prince Philip - The World Wildlife Fund Published on Nov 23, 2013

The RINOs and the democrats want to hand our taxes and law making over to the UN.

gerry welder
gerry welder

The UN and all of it's huge organizations, commissions and agencies agencies including the IMF and World Bank, generate no revenues, are not subject to the laws of any country it operates in, pays no tax, produce nothing, is dictating 'world' regulations, confiscating your wealth through federal taxation and backdoor taxation through complicit federal government agencies like the EPA.

One dollar spent on a 'FEDERAL' level cost 10 times more than if that same job was done on a 'STATE' level, logic would point to keeping federal government no bigger than our constitutional mandate, notice the federal government taking states property and states rights away form states and handing control of US properties and law making over to the UN?

Now add in the cost of the UN and the inefficiency of 'world' dollars:

Wikipedia the UN and see how HUGE it now is with all it's agencies, peace keeping forces, organizations, commissions and each comes with their own building complexes, vehicles, uniforms, equipment, support complexes, staff, salaries, travel, security, food and energy expenses, conferences AND the now tens of thousands of UN retirees (mostly foreign) and their pensions, perks and benefits.

YOO HOO, who do you think is paying for all of that?

WAKE UP, maybe next time you look at your pay check or worry about your own pension.

With the full backing of our traitorous federal monster government, the UN is ramming 'Agenda 21' and 'Common Core' down the throats of the world, the UN's World Bank is complicit in forcing poor farmers off their own land in Africa and South America for corporate and endowment 'tree farm/carbon credit' investments, is deeming sovereign resources off limits, trying to eliminate (citizen's only) the right to bear arms, our country’s sovereignty and our individual freedoms and now trying to force a 'world' climate change tax and 'world' wealth tax on us AND under the guise of saving us from asteroids, the UN is trying co-opt our US space program, it's technology, resources  and NOW ABOUT TO GET CONTROL OF THE INTERNET and MORE OF OUR TAXES.


gerry welder
gerry welder

So now the UN noticed Bloomberg's dictatorial impositions on New Yorkers and has appointed him to be bulldozer for the UN's climate change world tax.

Through imposed ignorance we are handing over our resources, funding (taxes), technology and sovereign decision making to basically an unelected, new monarchy (UN)made up of mostly 3rd world dictatorships who are just tools of a few dynastic families.

... time to reduce federal to it's constitutional mandate, defund regulatory down to our country's essential needs, defund the IRS and the Department of Education (responsible for los information voters), re-coup our state's rights, take back federal land -our state's property from the feds), time to take back control of our own waterways and national parks and de-fund the UN, kick them out of our country, claw back pensions and restitution of it's assets.

Vote out the RINOs and all left progressives.

Richard Branson: Global warming deniers ‘get out of our way’

Read more:

So according to the first paragraph, we will be forced taxed by the UN climate tax to fund your investments.Hey Branson, how's it feel to be 'like minded' with left progressive US democrats and John Kerry?

 yuk, get lost assh*le

Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith

But if Darwin was right about evolution, then we (the strong ones) should evolve and adapt to it.  Or is Darwin wrong?

Prabhat Misra
Prabhat Misra

"21st century is the "century of climate change and global warming" and world community is facing the same. Human activities are raising the level of Carbon Di-Oxide by about 2 parts per million a year, in the atmosphere, by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and other activities. Due to these reasons, on May 9, 2013, world achieved a "sad milestone" of 400 ppm of Carbon Di-Oxide. Climate change will pose main challenges for food, health, water, air, population and economic development. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that climate change is now contributing to 140,000 deaths a year internationally. According to World Bank report, ”Diagnostic Assessment of Select Environmental Challenges in India”, about 23 per cent of child mortality in India is linked to environmental degradation. According to Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 17th June 2013 edition, globally, the number of reported weather-related natural disasters has more than tripled since the 1960s.
Climate change will directly lead to net negative health impacts. According to WHO, climate variability have a direct influence on the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. By 2100 it is estimated that average global temperatures will have risen by 1.0–3.5 °C and will increase the spread of many vector-borne diseases in new areas. Amongst these are fungal transmitted Cryptococcus gattii infection, algal transmitted Ciguatera fish poisoning, tick vector transmitted Lyme disease and mosquito vector transmitted West Nile Virus encephalitis, Chikungunya, Rift Valley Fever and Dengue fever. Other equally important diseases, which will spread and prevalent due to climate change, include respiratory allergies due to increased human exposure to pollen, molds, air pollution and dust,  cancer risk due to increased duration and intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and heat-related illness and deaths.
According to United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, climate change may exacerbate existing cardiovascular disease by increasing heat stress and changing the distribution of zoonotic vectors that cause infectious diseases linked with cardiovascular disease.
The solution to cope with such adverse situation is, to adopt “Environment Friendly Lifestyle”. If human society could transform from a carbon-intensive economy to a green economy, human health opportunities would abound. WHO is now strongly advocating a holistic “Health in All Policies” approach. Human health has been relatively sidelined in the UN Framework Conventions, but now needs to be better interwoven into the process of defining the next set of global development goals.  The outcome document from the Rio+20 Summit, “The Future We Want”, recognizes that health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development.  "

Prabhat Misra
Assistant Director- National Savings
Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India

Paul M.
Paul M.

 News editors never mention that science's consensus of "belief" for the worst crisis imaginable is just 32 years of nothing beyond; "could be' and "95%". Prove us deniers wrong and find us one IPCC warning that says; "inevitable" or "eventual" or "proven" or 100%.......

32 years of science being; "95%" certain that THE END COULD BE NEAR is anything you want it to be and anything you want to "believe" but not; sustainable and "believable" for another 32 years of "could be".Science is 100% certain the planet is not flat and 100% certain that comet hits are "inevitable" but are 95% certain that their own comet hit of a climate crisis "could" flatten the planet?

And get ahead of the curve;

*Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.

*Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

John Patt
John Patt

@Paul M.  With your lack of understanding of odds and statistics you gotta be one lousy poker player.


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