in the Davis Mountains of Jeff Davis County, Texas.
Sawtooth Mountain in the Davis Mountains of Jeff Davis County, Texas. © Jerod Foster/The Nature Conservancy


Statement Regarding the Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II

Arlington, Va.

Today, the Administration released the second volume of the fourth iteration of its Congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment (NCA), which provides an authoritative assessment of the impact of climate change on the United States and its territories. 

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing our planet today. Based on the most recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must undertake significant additional actions quickly in order to have a chance at averting the worst impacts of climate change to our communities, our economy and to the natural systems on which all life depends. “The report released today chronicles numerous and substantial impacts from climate change that are already happening today in the United States,” said Lynn Scarlett, head of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy. “These range from impacts of sea level rise, ocean acidification, and sunny day flooding, to loss of life and property from increased frequency and intensity of storms and wildfires, to concerns regarding impacts to military operations, agricultural productivity and human health.”

“This report confirms that we are at a critical decision point – our own research shows the choices we make now will either set us on a path where we can sustainably meet the needs of both people and the planet, or result in a future of greater scarcity", said Scarlett. "There are many pathways for addressing climate change, including natural climate solutions such as reforestation, and reducing carbon emissions through advancing clean energy."

“The NCA gathers detailed information from across the U.S. government and other sources. It provides a solid base of information from which policy makers, businesses, and communities can make decisions on reducing risks, improving infrastructure resilience, and more,” said Scarlett. “Meeting the challenges of climate change requires good data and analysis. The Nature Conservancy strongly supports the NCA as an essential effort to gather and assess the information necessary to support safe and prosperous communities and businesses and sustain healthy lands, water and wildlife.”

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