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Speak Up About the National Climate Assessment!

Speak Up About the National Climate Assessment!take actiondonateSpeak Up About the National Climate Assessment!The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released its 2013 draft of the latest science on global warming, the National Climate Assessment. Please use this opportunity to raise the issue of climate change with public officials, friends and family or just become better educated on the issue. The science is sobering. The report states that the United States’ average temperature has increased 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, 80% of which has been since 1980. We can expect an additional 3 – 10 degrees of warming depending on how dramatically we curb our greenhouse gas emissions. The impacts of global warming are already showing up–extreme weather, sea level rise, ocean acidification–and we still potentially have a lot more warming to go. If this information inspires you to do something, you can: • Become informed. Read about the assessment here, or about global warming here.Do your part to reduce carbon pollution. • Write a letter to the editor of your favorite local news publication. • Contact your public officials. Tell them about the report and its implications and urge them to take action on climate change. • Tell a friend. Get the word out on Facebook and Twitter. • Join the Southeast Coastal Climate Network and the Florida Climate Alliance for updates on this report and other climate-focused events, actions and events. • Attend the National Climate Assessment Southeast regional town hall in Tampa, FL on February 19. • Submit comments on the content of the report. Comments due April 12. About the National Climate Assessment: Every four years, the U.S. Global Change Research Program assembles the latest science on global warming and submits a report to the president and Congress. This latest report draws from many researchers in a wide range of scientific fields to yield the best available data on climate change and its effects on humanity. The team that assembles the report, the NCA and Development Advisory Committee, is made up of representatives from leading scientific universities, influential businesses, and various federal government agencies. In putting together the current version of the report, they engaged more than 240 authors, representing a wide sampling of the scientific community. The first two reports were completed in 2000 and 2009.

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