Tomorrow the The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300 page document meant to guide US policy on Climate Change will be released. More from the Guardian:
Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US reportWhat can we do to help President Obama get the message out? Well its a little old fashioned but I would suggest we start writing some Letters to the Editors. And don't just target the big newspapers in your area, we shouldn't overlook more local publications with smaller circulations. The more voices we can get to join the chorus the better.
By Suzanne Goldenberg
Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday.
The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leading scientists and experts, is meant to be the definitive account of the effects of climate change on the US. It will be formally released at a White House event and is expected to drive the remaining two years of Barack Obama's environmental agenda.
The findings are expected to guide Obama as he rolls out the next and most ambitious phase of his climate change plan in June – a proposal to cut emissions from the current generation of power plants, America's largest single source of carbon pollution.
The White House is believed to be organising a number of events over the coming week to give the report greater exposure.
"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," a draft version of the report says. The evidence is visible everywhere from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean, it goes on.
"Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and periods of extreme heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours, though in many regions there are longer dry spells in between."