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New EPA Climate Change Indicators in the United States Report

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The EPA just released their new Climate Change Indicators Report (pdf) for the USA. The report doesn't cover much new info if you're already into climate change issues, but it's a good intro for newbies or if you happen to be writing some report, paper or blog post and need some quick climate change stats. The report covers 24 key climate change indicators that show how climate change impacts the health and environment of the nation’s citizens.

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Greenhouse gases, oceans, snow and ice, society and ecosystem are covered.
Some of the key findings include...

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are increasing. Between 1990 and 2008, there has been about a 14 percent increase in emissions in the United States.
  • Average temperatures are rising. Seven of the top 10 warmest years on record for the continental United States have occurred since 1990.
  • Tropical cyclone intensity has increased in recent decades. Six of the 10 most active hurricane seasons have occurred since the mid-1990s.
  • Sea levels are rising. From 1993 to 2008, sea level rose twice as fast as the long-term trend.
  • Glaciers are melting. Loss of glacier volume appears to have accelerated over the last decade.
  • The frequency of heat waves has risen steadily since the 1960s. The percentage of the U.S. population impacted by heat waves has also increased.
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The nicest thing about the report in my opinion is that it's not stuffed with text only. Colorful images and graphs make up a large bulk of the report and topics are broken up sufficiently, both of which makes for easy reading as compared to some reports.

You can download the Climate Change Indicators Report for free.
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Hi, Jennifer i totally agree with you about the climatic changes that are happening around the world specially those finding. Also the report attached about the climate change is very informative. Thanks.

Runka
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They have done the document very accessible. I am fairly into climate issues as that is what I work with, but it is still a nice read. Colourful pictures and graphs are always a nice touch.

 

This is one thing that scientific rapports always get "wrong". Well not wrong, they aren't written for the common person after all. But they are not accessible if you haven't an university education on the subject. And even then they are difficult to read and understand. 

 

This is a certain download!

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Fredrik

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