Evidence is mounting that the planet is warming due to human activity. According to the National Climate Assessment, which was released on Tuesday at the White House, the three most significant threats from climate change in the USA are rise in sea levels along the coast, drought and fires in the Southwest, and extreme precipitation in every part of the country.
"Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place," said Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, one of the authors of the National Climate Assessment (NCA).
It is no longer only about the polar bears and the butterflies. Every American will find things that matter to them in this report. The warning bells in the NCA is about our kids, our dinner tables, and our future well being. From corn producers in Iowa to city dwellers in New York City to water managers in the Southwest, everyone will be affected by the climate changes.
Even representatives from oil companies, such as ConocoPhillips and Chevron and environmental groups such as the Nature Conservancy endorsed the assessment's findings. "Chevron recognizes and shares the concerns of governments and the public about climate change," said Chevron spokesperson Justin Higgs. "Chevron's Arthur Lee was one of 60 committee members and 240 authors to assist in the compilation of this report. We recognize the importance of this issue and are committed to continued research and understanding.”
"I am happy to see large oil companies such as ConocoPhillips and Chevron endorsing the assessment's findings," said Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region. "It would be easy for them to dismiss the assessment and claim it to be unsubstantiated scare tactics; if the report gets all parties to engage in serious discussions about the long-term economic and environmental consequences of doing nothing, then I believe it’s a success."
The 1,100-page assessment is the largest, most comprehensive U.S. focused climate change report ever produced. The NCA is a federal mandated report, prepared and written every four years by hundreds of the USA’s top scientists and other experts from academia, local, state and federal governments, the private sector, private citizens, and the non-profit sector.