Climate Impacts

Humans and our environment are already feeling the impacts of climate change as it makes temperatures hotter, sea levels higher, storms more intense, and oceans more acidic.

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Coastal and Marine Ecosystems & Global Climate Change: Potential Effects on U.S. Resources

Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change The world’s oceans cover approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, indicating their importance to the global environment. In addition to having a large influence on global heat transport and precipitation, …

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Aquatic Ecosystems and Global Climate Change

Aquatic ecosystems are critical components of the global environment. In addition to being essential contributors to biodiversity and ecological productivity, they also provide a variety of services for human populations, including water for drinking and irrigation, recreational opportunities, and habitat …

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Human Health & Global Climate Change: A Review of Potential Impacts In the United States

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the population of the United States as a whole is one of the healthiest in the world. The socioeconomic development of the last century and a half both allowed for a vast improvement …

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Sea-Level Rise & Global Climate Change: A Review of Impacts to U.S. Coasts

Coastal regions play an integral role in the United States, serving as home to over half of the U.S. population, providing recreational opportunities to many, and supplying numerous valuable ecological services. At the same time, these areas are constantly evolving …

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Water and Global Climate Change: Potential Impacts on U.S. Water Resources

Availability of an adequate, safe water supply is critical to the health, economy, and environment of any nation and its people. The United States, on average, is well-endowed with water. However, this year’s spring floods and summer droughts illlustrate the …

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Agriculture & Global Climate Change: A Review of Impacts to U.S. Agricultural Resources

Foreword In order to intelligently respond to climate change, we must first understand the likely consequences on our environment and health. This report, the first in a series of environmental impact reports, will explore anticipated effects of climate change on …

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