EPA Forecasts Longer, Smoggier Summers for US

Agency warns of effects from global warming
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 4:46 PM CDT
Wilfredo Aguilar wipes sweat from his forehead as he takes a break from painting a building under the hot sun on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Climate change will bring longer, hotter, smoggier summers in the coming decades across the US, a new EPA reports says. Expect more wildfires and hurricanes, too, along with water problems in the West, the Washington Post reports. The federal report is noteworthy because it refutes the Bush administration's rosier outlook on global warming, the Post notes.

"It's going to be hotter, it's going to be hotter sooner in the year than it was in the past," said one of the scientists who contributed to the report. Young people in DC are "going to look back and think about how nice the summers used to be. Within 20, 30 years, on average, the (public) should notice that it's warmer."