National Climate Assessment

 The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Climate Change 2014:

Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world. The WGII AR5 Summary for Policymakers was approved at the 10th Session of Working Group II, held in Yokohama, Japan, from 25 to 29 March 2014. The Session also accepted the underlying scientific and technical assessment.

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noaa_mapFollow developments in climate knowledge on the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth’s climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation.  Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing this educational framework of principles and concepts. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as a way to meet content standards in their science curricula.

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THE NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE

The effects of climate change are already being felt across many parts of the world, increasingly posing new risks to America’s national security – both domestically and internationally.

DELIVERING ON THE U.S. CLIMATE COMMITMENT:

A 10-POINT PLAN TOWARD A LOW-CARBON FUTURE

The World Resources Institute reports that the Obama Administration’s goal to cut carbon emissions 26% by 2025 is achievable if the Administration’s climate actions are aggressive and fully implemented.

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NASA Earth Exchange Global Downscaled Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP)

NASA has issued data predicting what rainfall and temperature patterns are likely to be around the world between now and 2100.  The projections, which describe a number of scenarios with different levels of climate change severity, are derived from computer models and real-world data going back to 1950. NASA hopes that scientists and planners will use the information to better prepare for climate risks. The data can be dowloaded at https://cds.nccs.nasa.gov/nex-gddp.