This week, the White House released the 3rd National Climate Assessment. We share some of the most significant findings. Time Magazine’s Bryan Walsh lists 4 major points:
- The Southwest will bake
- Alaska will melt
- Coastlines will be in danger
- Agriculture will be resilient… at first
In addition, animals and plants will go extinct, infrastructure is damaged by extreme weather conditions, and water quality could suffer.
The report notes, “Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and extended period of unusual heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. […] Rain comes in heavier downpours.”
This marks the first National Climate Assessment since 2009 and offers a valuable reminder that climate change isn’t going away, and major public and private sector efforts will be needed to combat is destructive consequences.
Supporting investments in renewable energy and regulating industries that contribute to climate change will be essential.
You can look at the report’s regional breakdown on CNN.