Before too long, much of South Florida could be underwater. Alaskan forests could die at increasing rates as melting permafrost releases methane into the atmosphere. Rising oceans could make storm surges even more devastating to East Coast cities, even as drought and wildfires torment the Southwest. Those are just a handful of examples among many. The new National Climate Assessment came out on Tuesday in the U.S., bringing alarming news of how climate change, unless curbed by drastic changes in human behavior — if that’s even possible at this point — will wreak havoc on different regions in different ways. About 300 scientists from academia, government and the private sector contributed to the report.
Climate Disruptions, Close to Home – The New York Times Editorial Board
Obama Administration Releases Third National Climate Assessment for the United States – NOAA
U.S. National Climate Assessment – U.S. Global Change Research Program (GlobalChange.gov)
Environmentalists See Coming Collapse, Push ‘Uncivilisation’ in an ‘Age of Ecocide’
Water’s Place Among Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
At the Point of Peak Water, Our Foreseeable Future Grows Shorter
Civilization Lost? California’s 500-Year Drought Potential
Study: Freshwater Shortage Will Double Climate Change’s Impact on Agriculture
In case you missed it: The Huffington Post reported last week on the water woes of 11 U.S. cities that could run out water by around 2050 — including some that might be surprising to you. Drawing on recent reports from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the Columbia University Water Center, and quoting some of the authors, HuffPo’s Matt Ferner pointed out that water shortage issues could impact much more of the U.S. during the same time frame. This list simply covers 11 major cities, in order by population below.
11. Salt Lake City, Utah
10. Lincoln, Neb.
9. Cleveland, Ohio
8. Miami, Fla.
7. Atlanta, Georgia
6. Washington, D.C.
5. El Paso, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
3. San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.
2. Houston, Texas
1. Los Angeles, Calif.
Read the full story, with links to the research materials.