White House Report: Climate Change Is Here, and It's Dire
National Climate Assessment paints picture of increasingly severe weather
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 6, 2014 9:18 AM CDT
This Thursday, March 13, 2014 file photo shows cracks in the dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – Americans are already experiencing the harmful effects of climate change, and those effects will get worse unless something is done, according to a new National Climate Assessment issued today. The report cites increased instances of extreme weather, droughts, and heat waves as evidence of climate change's impact, and presents evidence that human activities are driving that impact, the LA Times reports. "The overall message is that climate change is happening right now—we can't think of it as an issue for future generations," one lead author says.

If nothing is done, the report predicts that the Northeast and Midwest will be hit with more downpours and flooding, while the Great Plains will see more droughts, and the Southwest more wildfire and extreme heatwaves. Compiled by more than 240 experts, the assessment is the third such report, and is mandated by Congress every four years. President Obama will mark the occasion by meeting with meteorologists to discuss the findings, CNN reports. (Click for more on scientists' quest to develop livestock that's resistant to climate change.)

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Daniel from TN
May 13, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
This information comes from another government agency. This agency is reporting what it was told to report. That's how the Global Warming/Climate Change nonsense got started in the first place.
Bob Brown
May 7, 2014 5:22 PM CDT
Our ancestors are to blame for causing the last Climate Change. If it were not for their blatant disregard for the environment, we would still be enjoying the great glaciers that covered most of the northern hemisphere.
HANKHILL
May 7, 2014 4:24 PM CDT
ha ha x99999999999999999 rip off!