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Progress report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force : recommended actions in support of a national climate change adaptation strategy
  • Published Date:
    2010-10-05
  • Language:
    English
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  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Environment Impacts ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Air Quality ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Plans and Policy Statements ;
  • Abstract:
    The scope, severity, and pace of

    future climate change impacts are

    difficult to predict. However,

    observations and long-term scientific

    trends indicate that the potential

    impacts of a changing climate on

    society and the environment will be

    significant. Projected impacts

    include more frequent heat waves

    and high-intensity precipitation

    events, rising sea levels, ocean

    acidification, and more prolonged

    droughts. The year-round average air temperature in the United States has already risen by more than 2F

    over the past 50 years and is projected to increase further in the future.1 On average, wet areas of the

    United States will become wetter and dry areas will become drier. Adding to the challenge of responding

    to these impacts, climate-related changes do not act in isolation but rather interact with and often exacerbate the impacts of other non-climatic stressors such as habitat destruction, overharvesting, and

    pollution.

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