For Immediate Release
National Climate Assessment Moves Through Scientific Process to Diagnose US Climate Change Ills
Statement by Rachel Licker, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
WASHINGTON - The first public draft of the highly anticipated 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA), was released for public comment today. The NCA—a quadrennial report mandated by Congress in 1990—is developed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program to help the nation “understand, assess, predict and respond to” climate change. The NCA summarizes the best-available science on observed and projected climate changes, as well as its impacts on human health, regions of the country and tribal communities.
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