National Climate Assessment Details Climate Change Impacts

How does California make out? Not so hot (or more accurately, really hot)... 

The U.S. Global Change Research Program recently released the third National Climate Assessment (NCA).The report clearly summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.  

The report takes both a broad approach and a more detailed look at specific regions across the country. 

Climate impacts to the region that includes California (the Southwest region) can expect to experience increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, and to have increased wildfires. Additional concerns include declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas. These and other aspects of climate change are disrupting people’s lives and damaging some sectors of our economy.

According to the Next Generation the regional nature of climate change is the clearest takeaway. In the recent California Energy & Climate News they write that responding to climate change will require an extraordinary kind of collaboration and cooperation—but one we are absolutely capable of achieving.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

A separate 2013 study by the California Environmental Protection Agency found far-reaching impacts across the state, from severe water shortages to more frequent wildfires, coastal flooding, and extreme heat.  This infographic found in the report lists some of these key indicators.

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