Climate Change is Already Here, and It's Not Pretty

| Tue May 6, 2014 10:24 AM EDT

A new government report confirms what's been obvious for many years: climate change is already affecting us. It's not just an issue for our grandchildren:

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.

....“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in a major new report assessing the situation in the United States. “Summers are longer and hotter, and extended periods of unusual heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced,” the report continued. “Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours. People are seeing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies, the plant varieties that thrive in their gardens, and the kinds of birds they see in any particular month in their neighborhoods.”

The full report is here. Just to give you a taste, here's a map showing water supply risk over the next few decades with and without the effects of climate change. If you live anywhere in the southwest quarter of the country, things are getting ugly fast.

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