Thursday, July 02, 2009

"The Most Comprehensive, Authoritative Report On US Global Climate Change" - White House

The Administration's US Global Change Research Program issued the following report on June 16, 2009:

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Describing it as...
"The most comprehensive, authoritative report on Global Climate Change Impacts in the US. ... Presents, in plain language, the science and impacts of climate change, now and in the future."
The report is gorgeous. And informative. Its key findings:
  1. Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced.
  2. Climate changes are underway in the United States and are projected to grow.
  3. Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase.
  4. Climate change will stress water resources.
  5. Crop and livestock production will be increasingly challenged.
  6. Coastal areas are at increasing risk from sea-level rise and storm surge.
  7. Threats to human health will increase.
  8. Climate change will interact with many social and environmental stresses.
  9. Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems.
  10. Future climate change and its impacts depend on choices made today.

A few more graphics I picked up from the report:

I live in the Northeast, near Philadelphia. I don't know if it's a result of global warming, but we've just experienced the wettest Spring/Summer I can remember. As to that herbicide effectiveness claim ... I read that pests and weeds develop resistance to insecticides and herbicides over time anyway, even without increases in CO2. Does this mean we'll be using more of them in the future? (With their attendant endocrine disruptors?)
Thanks to Melinda and Sustainablog.


Bruce Hall said...

There has been no warming or a temperature decline in the U.S. since the late 1920s.

Angela and Melinda said...

What a dummkopf I am! I didn't realize my FB post (which I got from Sustainablog) was the very same one you posted! Btw, the global-cooling report Greg sent me was from wattsupwiththat, cited below by Bruce Hall. The publication of that report was fostered by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a group dedicated to "free enterprise and limited government." They have a vested financial interest in preventing the government from taxing carbon-dioxide emissions.

Bix said...

Global Warming Myths and Facts,
by the Environmental Defense Fund:

Angela and Melinda said...

I guess learning to forage for what we call "weeds" becomes increasingly important.

Bix said...

Melinda, regarding that EPA report which the CEI says was "actively suppressed" because it shows the globe is not warming, but cooling...

Here's an article from an interview with the report's author, Al Carlin:

Angela and Melinda said...

Thanks Bix!