New climate change report stresses present danger of global warming

June 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) –A new 200-page report, based on a similar 2007 global assessment that a lawsuit forced the Bush administration to compile, stakes an aggressive claim that global warming is almost certainly caused by man-made greenhouse gases. The study was prepared by the United States Global Change Research Program, a joint scientific venture of 13 federal agencies, several major universities and research centers, and the White House. Under a 1990 law, the group is required to report every 10 years on natural and human-caused effects on the environment. The report concludes that earth’s climate is already changing, and the effects will grow worse if the threat is ignored.

Details in the study include that temperatures rose about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 50 years, and it projects that without major changes there could be an additional 7 to 11.5 degrees of additional warming by 2090.  The report predicts that sea levels will rise by 3 to 4 feet during this century, perhaps leaving some coastal communities under water. The study cites an increase in drought in the Southwest, more intense heat waves in the Northeast, dangerous hurricanes on the Atlantic Coast and flooding in the Midwest  as a result of growing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering gases in the atmosphere.

President Obama has called for a plan to reduce pollution levels and congress is examining several approaches, House Democrats are advancing legislation that would place new national limits on the amount of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases that businesses can emit into the atmosphere. Most House Republicans oppose the legislation.

The study, overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will be posted at www.globalchange.gov/usimpacts.

Via: Time


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