Thursday, June 18, 2009

Report says U.S. already feeling the effects of global warming

A government climate-change report predicts increases in very high temperatures, which scientists say will have wide-ranging affects.

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- A new government study on climate change says the United States is already feeling effects of human-induced global warming.

A report released June 16 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program says global warming is "unequivocal and primarily human-induced." It says climate changes underway in the United States probably will grow, and how much depends on how policy makers respond.

"First and foremost, human-induced climate change is a reality, not only in remote polar regions and in small tropical islands, but every place around the country, in our own backyards," Jane Lubchenco, director of the office of science and technology policy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a press conference at the report's release.

Areas of Florida illustrated in red would be under water with a three-foot sea rise in sea level, which is predicted for this century, the report say.

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