This afternoon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association released a report on the impact of climate change in the United States. Its aim is as much political as it is scientific — The Guardian calls it “part of a carefully crafted strategy by the White House to help build public support for President Obama’s agenda and boost the prospects of a climate change bill now making its way through Congress” — and it shows not only the potentially devastating future effects of global warming, but also the pronounced consequences already engendered by rising temperatures.
According to the report, the Southeast will be particularly hard-hit:
And for those who think that the threat of rising sea levels is pure alarmism, here’s the impact we’ve already felt:
Likewise, shrinking Arctic sea ice: