Global warming is already having a major impact on life in the US, says the US National Climate Assessment draft report, reports Robert McKie at the UK Guardian. Increasing storm surges, floods, melting glaciers and permafrost, and intensifying droughts are having a profound effect on the lives of Americans. “Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers have observed changes in their local climate that are outside of their experience,” states the report, written by 240 scientists. It adds that health services, water supplies, farming and transport are already being strained, and severe weather disruption is going to be commonplace in coming years. “Global warming is due predominantly [to] the burning of fossil fuels,” says the report. Its stark picture of the likely effects of global warming, have profound implications for the rest of the world. Environmental groups now hope the report will revitalise the debate over climate change in the US and stimulate the Obama administration to take action on the issue. Co-author and noted scientist Katharine Hayhoe observed that “It’s an issue that is staring us in the face today.”
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US scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming. US National Climate Assessment reveals that severe weather disruption is going to be commonplace in coming years Robert McKie, Uk Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/12/us-scientists-effects-global-warming