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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Climate change by the (staggering) numbers

Last week, The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) released the draft U.S. National Climate Assessment for public comment. The massive report, in plain - I would say understated - language, says the obvious: the climate is changing, humans are the primary cause,  the United States is already being adversely impacted - and it is going to get vastly, vastly worse without aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions.  

The over 1,000-page document is chock full of frightening statistics, the implications of which require some very sobering reflection.  It's almost too much to absorb. Fortunately, The World Resources Institute has helpfully prepared a distillation of the massive report that is essential, urgent reading. 

By The Numbers: Analyzing The U.S. National Climate Assessment presents the core statistics from the assessment.  I will not repeat them here.  Read this summary.

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