National Academies Set the Record Straight on Climate Science

Three Major New Reports Sound Alarm on Need for Rapid Action

05-19-2010 // Tony Iallonardo

America’s scientific authority – The National Academies – today issued the most thorough analyses of climate science and available responses it has undertaken in nearly two decades. The reports examine how climate change is already affecting our environment and communities, and the tools available to solve the climate crisis.

The reports concluded that "climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems."

In addition to identifying the reasons why the U.S. should take action curb global warming pollution, the reports also call for a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. In addition, the reports warn that  the longer the we wait to begin reducing emissions, the harder and more expensive it will likely be to reach any given global warming pollution reduction goal.

With a Senate climate and energy bill just introduced and a narrow window of time for action for this year, the reports come just as there is renewed momentum. NWF climate scientist Amanda Staudt, PhD, a former senior program officer with the Academies who served as an official reviewer of one of the new reports said:

“The jury is in scientifically speaking, and these new reports set the record straight that we face serious threats from climate change. There is positive news as well because the reports make clear we have the tools to solve the climate crisis."

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