The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the draft of the third National Climate Assessment (NCA) on January 11th for public review. The NCA is a climate status report authorized under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. Prepared every four years and based on the best available science, the report is a collaborative effort from hundreds academic, government, non-profit, and private sector experts.
The findings in the 1000 page draft temperature rising at an accelerating rate, tied to carbon emissions from human activity. Painting a dire picture of increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the report warns that the “level of current (remedial) effort is insufficient to avoid increasingly serious impacts of climate change that have large social, environmental, and economic consequences.” However, there is another option, “Well-planned and implemented actions to limit emissions and increase resilience to impacts that are unavoidable can improve public health, economic development opportunities, natural system protection, and overall quality of life.”
David Hales, Executive Director, Second Nature
Panelists for session 1 will include members of the National Climate Assessment Development & Advisory Committee. The NACADAC is responsible for synthesizing and summarizing the work of the more than 200 expert contributors to the report. The panel will discuss the findings from the report and answer audience questions.