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2009 Global Climate Change Impact Report Released

by Adam Shake · 9 comments

Global Climate Change

The Global Climate Change Impact report was released today and its findings are not good.

Among the reported points within the report:

  1. Global Warming is unequivocal and primarily human – induced. Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.
  2. Climate changes are underway in the United States are projected to grow. Climate-related changes are already observed in the United States and its coastal waters. These include increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature and sea level, rapidly retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, lengthening growing seasons, lengthening ice-free seasons in the ocean and on lakes and rivers, earlier snow-melt, and alterations in river flows. These changes are projected to grow.
  3. Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase. Climate changes are already affecting water, energy, transportation, agriculture, ecosystem, and health. These impacts are different from region to region and will grow under projected climate change.
  4. Climate change will stress water resources. Water is an issue in every region, but the nature of the potential impacts varies. Drought, related to reduced precipitation, increased evaporation, and increased water loss from plants, is an important issue in many regions, especially in the West. Floods and water quality problems are likely to be amplified by climate change in most regions. Declines in mountain snow-pack are important in the West and Alaska where snow-pack provides vital natural water storage.
  5. Crop and livestock production will be increasingly challenged. Many crops show positive responses to elevated carbon dioxide and low levels of warming, but higher levels of warming often negatively affect growth and yields. Increased pests, water stress, diseases, and weather extremes will pose adaptation challenges for crop and livestock production
  6. Coastal areas are at increasing risk from sea-level rise and storm surge. Sea-level rise and storm surge place many U.S. Coastal areas at increasing risk of erosion and flooding, especially along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Pacific Islands, and parts of Alaska. Energy and transportation infrastructure and other proper in coastal areas are very likely to be adversely affected.
  7. Risks to human health will increase. Harmful health impacts of climate change are related to increasing heat stress, waterborne diseases, poor air quality, extreme weather events, and diseases transmitted by insects and rodents. Reduced cold stress provides some benefits. Robust public health infrastructure can reduce the potential for negative impacts.
  8. Climate change will interact with many social and environmental stresses. Climate change will combine with pollution, population growth, overuse of resources, urbanization, and other social, economic, and environmental stresses to create larger impacts than from any of these factors alone.
  9. Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems. There are a variety of thresholds in the climate system and ecosystems. These thresholds determine, for example, the presence of sea ice and permafrost, and the survival of species, from fish to insect pests, with implications for society. With further climate change, the crossing of additional thresholds is expected.
  10. Future climate change and its impacts depend on choices made today. The amount and rate of future climate change depend primarily on current and future human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases and airborne particles. Responses involve reducing emissions to limit future warming, and adapting to the changes that are unavoidable.

Those are powerful findings. There is no other way to put it. We must change, and we must change now. The debate is over.

For the full report, go to: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

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1 Cate Ferguson June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

We used to call it Global Warming and as our appreciation of what was happening grew we evolved to understand it as Climate Change. Recently I’ve become more aware of the impacts of Climate Change and have begun to see them as Climate Chaos.

Reading the words under each heading that is what I see described. Oh me Oh my whatever are we to do Toto?

Will someone please turn on the energy saver light bulb for our leaders so they can look up from their navels and see what needs to be done? :-)


2 Nick Palmer June 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

About time the US government socked it to the US people. This gives me a bit more hope that the world as a whole will do the decent thing., The deniers aren’t going to be happy!


3 Stephanie June 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

Yep, its true. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people out there who will look at our unseasonably cool and wet spring/early summer and say – see, there is no global warming. However, I cannot help but think that its another sign of the changing climate overall. I will continue to do my part and encourage my friends and family to do the same. Each of us has to change our energy habits and make some real effort right now!


4 solargroupies June 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Glad we are getting more specific details from the climate experts on what it means for each of us in very concrete terms. It will be interesting to see what happens when, say the American corn and wheat belt migrate into Canada and we are no longer the breadbasket of the world. This is only the tip of the climate change iceberg!


5 Joe Gonzalez December 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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