Editorial: Climate change is impacting the U.S.
While citizens, politicians and scientists continue to debate whether man’s impact on the climate in the United States and the world is real or not, climate change has already started.
Climate change is here and is already having consequences around the U.S., according to the Third National Climate Assessment released Tuesday.
This climate assessment report concluded “there is new and stronger evidence that many of these increases are related to human activities.”
The report also predicted that climate change will increasingly be “disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.”
Critics, especially Republicans, criticized the report, claiming that the Obama administration is just using it to introduce extreme regulations that kill jobs.
The debate will go on.
Here are some of the changes outlined in the latest National Climate Assessment.
- Bigger, more frequent droughts.
- Larger wildfires.
- Glaciers and polar ice melting at a faster rate.
- Possible reemergence of currently uncommon diseases, such as dengue fever.
- A higher risk of heat and respiratory stress from poor air quality
- Deteriorating infrastructure.
- Water shortages and diminished water quality are more likely.
- Food security could be at risk as climate change threatens crops and livestock.
- Poverty will likely be exacerbated.
n More species will become extinct as ecosystems are disrupted.
The question of climate change is a challenge for America, as many do not believe the science. Attitudes are slowly changing. A recent Gallup poll found that 34 percent of responders now believe global warming poses a “serious threat” to their way of life.
The bigger question is how much climate change will occur before politicians — on both sides of the aisle — work together toward minimizing the impact of the change that has already arrived.