New Federal Report: Climate Emergency

SunsetA federal goverment report released today pieces together the science of global warming in a startling new picture:

Man-made climate change is already lifting temperatures, increasing rainfall, and raising sea levels around the United States — and its effects are on track to get much worse in the coming century, according to a report released this afternoon by federal scientists. […]

[T]oday’s report says that the evidence of global change is “unequivocal.” And, in language stripped of the usual scientific jargon, it sketches out some of the costs of doing nothing to bring down emissions.

The projected rapid rate and large amount of climate change over this century will challenge the ability of society and natural systems to adapt,” the report says.

“Now is the time to set America on a new energy path that combines clean energy incentives and firm limits on carbon pollution that causes global warming,” said National Wildlife Federation President & CEO Larry Schweiger in response to the report. “The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) gives the U.S. more than 30 new tools to confront the climate crisis and advance the clean energy economy. There is no time for delay.”

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Published: June 16, 2009