Motivation for Getting Our Acts in Gear
Despite the continued attempts to sweep the impacts of climate change under the rug, the data keeps piling up that we have much to do to reduce future damage to society and the environment as well as cope with changes already underway. Last released in 2009, the National Climate Assessment is being updated and a working draft is now available. Actual adoption is scheduled to occur in 2013–expect much Republican-US Chamber of Commerce scheming and gnashing of teeth. Here’s what to expect:
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is being conducted under the auspices of the Global ChangeResearch Act of 1990. The GCRA requires a report to the President and the Congress every four years that integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP); analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and analyzes current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.