The Third National Climate Assessment Report has been released for public comment. The document is a synthesis of scientists’ current understanding of climate change and its impacts to our nation. It is not a policy document and does not make recommendations regarding potential mitigation or adaptation actions.

The report was prepared by the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. It was developed with input from more than 240 authors and 1,000 experts who attended regional workshops and contributed technical reports.

The public comment period is open until 12 April 2013. The draft report is available for download at


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