The Obama administration has finally released the latest National Climate Assessment (NCA) report this Tuesday. Te new report underpins the urgency of taking appropriate actions against climate change.
"Global climate is changing and this is apparent across the United States in a wide range of observations," said the report. "The global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels."
The NCA report contains updated information about the need to take action to counter the negative effects of climate change. The report also includes the possible impact of climate change on every single area of the country including many of the affected industries. From orange growers in Florida to various fisheries around the country, climate change can and will bring about drastic and irreversible changes if proper strategies are not implemented on time.
Following the release of the report, various environmental groups and climate experts are enthusiastic about the ramifications of the updated report. Unlike the recent report released by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), American's are more likely to take notice since the NCA report focused on the effects of climate change on the US itself. Many of the report's contents hit home on many topics that Americans hold dear.
The exhaustive report includes the possible negative effects of climate change both today and in the future. Moreover, the report also tackles climate change from several angles. From the recent drought in California to the effects on agriculture and health, the comprehensive report touched on many aspects of American life.
Earlier this year, the NCA released an early draft of the report, which was reviewed by experts from the National Academies of Sciences. The early draft generated a flood of reactions from Americans in various online forums.
Climate experts also lauded the report's focus on practical solutions that may be used to implement necessary strategies both on the national and on local community levels. Government officials from various levels can easily utilize the information included in the report to study possible courses of action that can be taken to protect their communities and constituents.
Aside from providing a wealth of information on climate change and its effects on the country, the report's findings may also aid in the implementation of the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, which was announced last year.
"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the report said.