Americans across every region and every state in the country are already feeling the effects of human-induced climate change, and the consequences of the warming and other climactic trends are increasing, a comprehensive government assessment released Tuesday warns.
The landmark report, the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, was prepared by more than 300 experts overseen by an advisory committee of 60 members.
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” it says in its introduction. “Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and Native Peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska.”
The table below summarizes some of the regional effects. For more detailed regional assessments, you can find the regional breakdowns here or scroll through the 148-page book of highlights below. You can also download the full 841-page version of the report here.
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