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Climate Change Is Already Impacting Our Communities

08 May 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

Tags: Climate Change

The National Climate Assessment was released earlier this week and it is a sobering reminder that climate change is happening and it is impacting communities all across our country. This report is a wakeup call for us to stand up and take action to combat the challenge of our generation, dangerous climate disruption. President Obama has already made clear this issue is a top priority by releasing his Climate Action Plan last June. That plan focused on reducing the pollution fueling climate change, preparing for impacts already set in motion, and leading on internal efforts to solve this global challenge. At the center of the Climate Action Plan is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting the first-ever standards reducing carbon pollution from our nation’s top polluters: power plants.  

This report delves into the details of how each region is being affected by climate disruption. These impacts include climate-fueled extreme weather like record-breaking heat waves, longer droughts, more intense wildfires, stronger storms, increased flooding and rising sea levels. Climate change is also affecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, and putting our health, economy, agriculture and transportation in peril. Check out the different impacts by region here.

According to the White House, “The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.”

(John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor

It’s our moral obligation to protect our planet for future generations, and this report, along with the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, confirms that it’s time to tackle the climate crisis head on. NASA and 97 percent of scientists agree that our climate is changing due to human activities, and we can see the proof right outside our windows.  

We can no longer afford inaction. President Obama understands this, which is why he is pursuing bold action under his Climate Action Plan, including placing the first-ever limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can spew into our atmosphere. This is a huge step to combat climate change as power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution, accounting for 40 percent of our nation’s annual carbon emissions. Click here to show your support for the President’s plan to combat the challenge of our generation.  

(The Photographs were taken by CraneStation, dsleeter_2000, wavian, thewrongglass)

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