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Old 06-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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Slash Climate Emissions Now, Urges U.S. Government Report
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Slash Climate Emissions Now, Urges U.S. Government Report
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WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2009 (ENS) - Climate change is having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to a new authoritative federal government study.

Commissioned in 2007 during the Bush administration and completed this spring, the science-based report by 13 government agencies, major universities and research institutes expresses a consensus spanning two Presidential administrations and transcends political leanings or biases.

"This report stresses that climate change has immediate and local impacts – it literally affects people in their backyards," said Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, lead agency on the study.
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The main findings of the report were:
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    • Heat waves will become more frequent and intense, increasing threats to human health and quality of life. Extreme heat will also affect transportation and energy systems, and crop and livestock production.
    • Increased heavy downpours will lead to more flooding, waterborne diseases, negative effects on agriculture, and disruptions to energy, water, and transportation systems.
    • Reduced summer runoff and increasing water demands will create greater competition for water supplies in some regions, especially in the West.
    • Rising water temperatures and ocean acidification threaten coral reefs and the rich ecosystems they support. These and other climate-related impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems will have major implications for tourism and fisheries.
    • Insect infestations and wildfires are already increasing and are projected to increase further in a warming climate.
    • Local sea-level rise of over three feet on top of storm surges will increasingly threaten homes and other coastal infrastructure. Coastal flooding will become more frequent and severe, and coastal land will increasingly be lost to the rising seas.
But the main finding of the report was that these changes are a direct result of human activity and can be reversed now if we become aware and act to make significant changes.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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Default New report predicts dire consequences for every U.S. region from global warming

New report predicts dire consequences for every U.S. region from global warming
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Sobering report is the most comprehensive to date.
New report predicts dire consequences for every U.S. region from global warming
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Government officials and scientists released a 196 page report detailing the impact of global warming on the U.S. yesterday. The study, commissioned in 2007 during the Bush Administration, found that every region of the U.S. faces large-scale consequences due to climate change, including higher temperatures, increased droughts, heavier rainfall, more severe weather, water shortages, rising sea levels, ecosystem stresses, loss of biodiversity, and economic impacts.

Entitled ‘Global Climate Change Impact in the United States’, the report was crafted by 13 governmental science agencies, several top universities, and research institutions.
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The report splits the U.S. into nine regions: Southwest, Northwest, Great Plains, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Alaska, islands, and coastal regions.
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