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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe 627

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-it-was-cold-yesterday dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "Darryl Fears reports in the Washington Post on the U.S. government's newest national assessment of climate change. It says Americans are already feeling the effects of global warming. The assessment carves the nation into sections and examines the impacts: More sea-level rise, flooding, storm surge, precipitation and heat waves in the Northeast; frequent water shortages and hurricanes in the Southeast and Caribbean; more drought and wildfires in the Southwest. 'Residents of some coastal cities see their streets flood more regularly during storms and high tides. Inland cities near large rivers also experience more flooding, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. Insurance rates are rising in some vulnerable locations, and insurance is no longer available in others. Hotter and drier weather and earlier snow melt mean that wildfires in the West start earlier in the spring, last later into the fall, and burn more acreage. In Arctic Alaska, the summer sea ice that once protected the coasts has receded, and autumn storms now cause more erosion, threatening many communities with relocation.' The report concludes that over recent decades, climate science has advanced significantly and that increased scrutiny has led to increased certainty that we are now seeing impacts associated with human-induced climate change. 'What is new over the last decade is that we know with increasing certainty that climate change is happening now. While scientists continue to refine projections of the future, observations unequivocally show that climate is changing and that the warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.'"

Comment: Re:Welcome to a third-rate USA (Score -1, Troll) 111

by Iconoc (#46442029) Attached to: Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year
Administration policies are anti-tax? Really? The GDP suffers due to the heavy load of higher taxes and regulation.

The real story is that things like NASA, NIH, Roads/Bridges, border enforcement aren't important to dear leader, so the budget for those entities suffers.

Now make the case that NASA has suffered due to the anti-tax movement. I'm listening.

+ - Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy now says her kid may not have had autism->

Submitted by latuZimZactly
latuZimZactly (753190) writes "This is priceless, except of course for the thousands of children who weren't vaccinated because of FUD like this.

Celebrity, and former Playboy centerfold (so I heard, I only buy it for the articles), now says oops.

For the backstory, read one of many takedowns by Phil Plait.

Maybe Phil could replace her on The View. His hair isn't as nice, but he has a great smile."

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