Climate Change Impacts on the United States - Overview Report: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 11, 2000 - Business & Economics - 154 pages
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Climate Change Impacts on the United States is part of a national process of research analysis and dialogue about the coming changes in climate, their impacts, and what Americans can do to adapt to an uncertain and continuously changing climate. The report was called for by a 1990 law and was written by the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST), a committee of experts drawn from governments, universities, industry, and non-governmental organizations with a wide range of expertise and perspective. The NAST produced two documents: the longer Foundation Report and the Overview Report, which is significantly more accessible and shorter. The two reports cover all areas of the United States and are peer-reviewed documents that synthesize results from studies. They identify key climatic vulnerabilities of particular regions and sectors in the context of other changes in the nation's environment, resources, and economy.
 

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Contents

Our Changing Climate
12
Tools for Assessing Climate Change Impacts
14
Looking at Americas Climate
20
Ecosystems in the Future
24
Our Changing Nation
30
Regions
38
Northeast
40
Southeast
46
Native Peoples and Homelansa
84
Sectors
88
Agriculture
90
Water
96
Human Health
102
Coastal Areas and Marine Resources
108
Forests
114
Conclusions
120

Midwest
52
Great Plains
58
West
64
Pacific Northwest
68
Alaska
74
Islands
80
Research Pathways
124
Biographical Sketches of NAST Members
136
Acknowledgements
142
Glossary
154
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