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Gov't Warns of Climate Change Weather Disasters

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Climatologists have railed about the dangers of climate change for years, but the federal government has largely ignored or dismissed their claims. Recently, in the face of deafening public outcry, official policy has started to turn, and a new report from the federal government adds urgency to the global warming crisis. In “Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate,” the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report that global warming has seriously screwed with our planet’s weather system, and the results aren’t going to be pretty.

That doesn’t sound good. NOAA calls our impending extreme weather cycle “among the most serious challenges to society.” The report even foreshadows the catastrophic floods that have put large swaths of the Midwest underwater.

Anyone in Iowa would likely agree, but the message comes too late: The torrential floods pouring out of the Mississippi have already taken lives and caused billions of dollars of damage. Now it’s time to look at what can still be done to prevent city streets from becoming fish hatcheries in the future.

— Ted Alvarez

Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate (NOAA & CCSP)

Via Grist