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What to expect from the U.S. National Climate Assessment and the administration

 

Draft U.S. National Climate Assessment Confirms Fundamental Truths of Climate Change

 

Mandated by Congress in 1990, the NCA is administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy through the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The most recent NCA, released in 2014, delivered a detailed picture of the expected impact of climate change on American agriculture, energy, infrastructure, water supply and human health.

The fourth NCA is divided into two parts. A Climate Science Special Report – under review for the past year and now slated for final approval by the federal agencies that cooperated in its production — reviews existing literature on climate science. The larger and more detailed national assessment report, set for 2018 publication, provides an in-depth review of climate impacts across the United States.

The Climate Science Special Report affirms what we know about how climate change works. And given the increasing severity and impacts of climate change, the new NCA will be uniquely valuable for mayors, governors and other local officials working to prevent the harm that climate change will do their constituencies.

 

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