On Tuesday, the Obama administration released the third National Climate Assessment (NCA) report that outlines the specifics on climate change in the U.S.
Here’s the gist:
- The Southwest will bake: The entire region will get hotter, and the southern half of the region will get much drier, prompting more major wildfires. And since the population has been rapidly growing in recent years – with people like me who are dying to move out West – warming will only increase the decades-old competition for water.
- Alaska will melt: Alaska has been heating up more than twice as rapidly as the rest of the U.S. over the past 60 years. There goes those six-month winters. But that isn’t so good for the Inuit communities that have resided on glacier-land for thousands of years.
- Coastlines will be in danger: Hurricane Sandy was just a preview. But even if hurricanes don’t become more powerful or frequent, sea levels will continue to rise, putting 164 million coastal dwellers at risk for massive flooding.
- Agriculture will initially be more resilient: Many farmers will benefit from a longer growing season and increased CO2 concentrations for the next 20 to 25 years, but eventually the negative impact for crops and livestock will outweigh the positive ones, especially in drought-stricken farming regions.