We're already experiencing the effects of climate change

The U.S. National Climate Assessment is out today, and it makes the IPCC reports look tame by comparison. Expect heavier rains, drier droughts, warmer winters, and hotter heat waves, says its authors (who, in addition to numerous scientists, include representatives from two oil companies). Oh, and the East Coast is really in trouble due to the double threat of rising seas and subsiding land.

This bit from Justin Gillis’s report for the New York Times stood out:

Historically, the United States — with its large cars, large houses and high per capita consumption of energy — was responsible for more emissions than any other country. Lately, China has become the largest emitter over all, though its emissions per person are still far below those of the United States.

Sounds familiar.

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