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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Climate change could make America a hotter and drier disaster area...

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Drought-withered corn stalks in Indiana, August 2012
The report says steps taken by Obama to reduce emissions are 'not close to sufficient' to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP
Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100F (38C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place.
The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday , provided the fullest picture to date of the real-time effects of climate change on US life, and the most likely consequences for the future.
The 1,000-page report, the work of the more than 300 government scientists and outside experts, was unequivocal on the human causes of climate change, and on the links between climate change and extreme weather.
"Climate change is already affecting the American people," the draft report said. "Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting."
The report, which is not due for adoption until 2014, was produced to guide federal, state and city governments in America in making long-term plans.
By the end of the 21st century, climate change is expected to result in increased risk of asthma and other public health emergencies, widespread power blackouts, and mass transit shutdowns, and possibly shortages of food.
"Proactively preparing for climate change can reduce impacts, while also facilitating a more rapid and efficient response to changes as they happen," said Katharine Jacobs, the director of the National Climate Assessment.

Read more:


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/11/climate-change-america-hotter-drier-disaster





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2 Comments:

At January 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM , Anonymous snowbird said...

It is a fact now that the weather is changing, they refer to it as weather weirding as events worldwide are becoming increasingly extreme.
I've noticed that the UK has just had it's wettest year on record and twice in the last few days Austalia has broken all records and experienced it's two hottest days ever!

Btw Peter, Mick from BCUK has started a new blog, if you want to go look it's marshland.wordpress.com
I've let him know about your one here.xxxxx

 
At January 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM , Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Climate change is definately a fact, but even Britain has had periods of global warming effects.
During the middle ages yor climate was almost sub-tropical because of what crops you had. And by the 18th century it had cooled right down. The planet is still thawing from the last ice-age, so events in the Arctic and the Antarctic were predictable. What our direct affects on the planet are probably through deforestation and excessive pasturisation. Is that a real word? Putting too much land into pastures. They are doing that in South America - cutting down all the rainforests and beef farming.

 

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