The Latest Science

There are many different lines of climate science, but they all lead to the same conclusion. To quote the world’s most respected scientific organization, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences: “Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems.”

Every major scientific organization with an opinion on climate change agees. Climate change, as our National Academy of Sciences has stated, is a “settled fact.”

To make the case even stronger, two recent studies, one by Anderegga, Prallb, Haroldc & Schneider, and one by Doran & Zimmerman, show that 96% to 98% of climate scientists are convinced our world is warming and carbon emissions are a primary reason.

So the most important question isn’t whether our planet is growing warmer, or whether we’re causing the change. It is, and we are. The most important question is, “What happens if we don’t take steps to address climate change in the near future?”

Here’s what our scientists predict. The planet will continue to warm. Forests in the western U.S. will continue to die off. Strong storms, the kind that scour rivers in Vermont and slam nesting pheasants in South Dakota, will become more frequent. States like Colorado, Idaho and Montana will see earlier snowmelt, with higher water temperatures and lower flows in the country’s best trout streams. Coastal marshes that support ducks & geese will be inundated by sea level rise. Drought will rip through states like Texas and Oklahoma, impacting deer and quail. Prairie potholes will dry up, slashing duck numbers. Bass lakes in southern states like Georgia and Alabama will alternate between flood & drought. Salmon & steelhead will disappear in California, Oregon and Washington.

In short, if we don’t get a handle on climate change, every intact ecosystem in our country will suffer the consequences, and many of our fish & game species will fade away as their habitat succumbs to extreme weather & drought.

We can’t let this happen. 2010 was the warmest year ever recorded. 2011 has brought even more extreme weather. Dr. James Hansen of NASA, one of the world’s top climate scientists, recently stated, “If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.” We need to address climate change right now.

For more information on the latest climate science, you can visit the following links:
U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The Met Office (UK)
US Fish & Wildlife Service

For an extremely comprehensive discussion of the recent scientific findings, with links to the source material, visit:
Climate Progress