NWF: Climate Assessment Shows Changes Outpacing Projections
"We must confront the underlying cause of climate change by cutting carbon pollution, investing in clean energy and saying no to dirty energy."
The National Climate Assessment released its third report today, featuring the input of more than a dozen federal agencies and hundreds of leading scientists and experts.
Patty Glick, senior global warming specialist with the National Wildlife Federation, spent two years working on the report and was a co-author of the Pacific Northwest chapter. She said today:
"What strikes me most about this report is how many changes we’re already experiencing and how quickly they’ve occurred. The first National Climate Assessment back in 2000 was considered a look into the future, but just 14 years later, we’re no longer just talking about forecasts and models. Today we’re reporting on the changes we’re already seeing in our own backyards, and frankly I’m alarmed at the speed. Compared to previous projections, we’re seeing temperatures rising faster, oceans more quickly becoming acidic, fish and wildlife habitat shifting sooner than many species can adapt.
"That we’re seeing so many changes so rapidly is a call to act now to prevent these changes from overwhelming us in the future. We must confront the underlying cause of climate change by cutting carbon pollution, investing in clean energy and saying no to dirty energy. And we will also need to step-up efforts to prepare for and adapt to the impacts climate change already is having on our communities and wildlife by promoting climate-smart approaches to conservation."