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The U.S. government releases scientific reports on global warming through the U.S. Global Change Research Program (formerly called the Climate Change Science Program). The consensus reports featured here, which represent a broad survey and assessment of the current state of the science, address the impacts of climate change on extreme weather and in turn the effects on human health and the economy. The fact sheets highlight the most significant impacts across the United States from the featured reports.
This report, which confirms previous evidence that global temperature increases in recent decades have been primarily human-induced, incorporates information on rising temperatures and sea levels; increases in extreme weather events; and other climate-related phenomena. It is the first such report in almost a decade to break out those impacts by U.S. region and economic sector, and the first to do so in such great detail.
June 2011 | 1981-2010 Climate Normals
This once-a-decade report was released in July 2011 by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and it replaces the 1971-2000 report. The new data revealed an increase in average U.S. temperature by 0.5 degrees F.
This report from the Environmental Protection Agency, released in July, focuses on impacts of global climate change on the human health and welfare. Among other topics, it addresses food and water supplies, natural disasters, health issues and recreation.
October 2010 | Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Progress Report
In October 2010 the Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, co-chaired by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, released its recommendations to President Obama on how Federal agencies should be working together to make the US more resilient to the impacts of climate change.