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Report: Climate change already affecting U.S. economy, people

January 13, 2013

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By Erika Bolstad

A new report warns that climate change driven by human activity already is affecting the American people and economy, with more frequent and intense heat waves, heavy downpours and, in some places, floods and droughts.

A draft version of the National Climate Assessment that was released Friday warns that as the Earth continues to warm because of increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the health and livelihoods of many Americans and the ecosystems that sustain the country face some frightening impacts. Sea levels are rising, scientists warn, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting.


Friday’s draft assessment warns that climatic shifts have affected and will continue to affect human health, water supplies, agriculture, transportation and energy. They’ll pose the greatest challenges to communities that already are facing economic or health-related problems, and to species and habitats that already face other pressures, the assessment says.

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  1. January 19, 2013 2:41 pm

    The Great Waves of Change are being experienced around the world, it is just going to get stronger. Where is the hope for Humanity? There is a New Message for the Human Family to warn, prepare, and protect us all. But are we going to actually be alert enough to find the New Message and prepare for what is coming…newmessage dot(org)

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