Earlier this month, the third National Climate Assessment was released. The White House touted the report as “the most comprehensive look ever at climate change impacts in the United States.”
The assessment prepared by scientists and other experts highlights the impacts of climate change that are already being felt. The report concludes that “the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.”
William Hohenstein, the director of the Department of Agriculture’s Climate Change Program Office notes: “Agriculture has been able to adapt to recent changes in climate; however, increased innovation will be needed to ensure the rate of adaptation of agriculture and the associated socioeconomic system can keep pace with climate change over the next twenty five years.”
In conjunction with the climate assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey unveiled an online climate-visualization tool. The National Climate Change Viewer allows resource managers and the public to look at climate-driven impacts on watersheds and see projected changes at the local and regional scale. The tool is accessible at http://www.usgs.gov/climatelanduse/clurd/nccv.asp.
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