Last Thursday, June 18, the U.S. government released a report, the work of 13 government agencies, that gives us a serious picture of climate change. It is called Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S, and this episode contains the findings.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
Changes in the global environment (including alterations in climate, land productivity, oceans or other water resources, atmospheric chemistry, and ecological systems) that may alter the capacity of the Earth to sustain life. (from the Global Change Research Act of 1990)
Download the report here from USGCRP. (takes you to their website)
Shading earth as a climate fix? Since the news is so dire, scientists are seriously thinking about geoengineering to save as much life on the planet as possible from the effects of global heating and climate change.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is even getting serious about geoengineering. Some scientists are considering manipulating the Earth’s atmosphere to counteract climate change. There is definitely something to eyewitness reports of “hazing” because the government now admits they are considering using chemicals to “fix” global heating and more discussions of it are ongoing.
The NAS held a panel on geoengineering ideas last week. The panel asked the question: “What can be done to limit the magnitude of future climate change?” The panel focused on actions to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions and other human drivers of climate change, such as changes in land use, and also considered the international dimensions of climate stabilization, the costs, benefits, limitations, tradeoffs, and uncertainties. There were 18 members of the panel called Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change.
Download this episode here or subscribe on the right. Below is the graphic from the USGCRP report about rising sea levels.