Saying that the climate change crisis, "once considered an issue for a distant future has now moved firmly into the present," the White House unveiled a report this morning requiring urgent environmental action in practically every corner of the nation.
Public health groups hailed the updated National Climate Assessment as a "game changer," because it points to everyone from oyster growers in Washington State to maple syrup producers in Vermont.
In particular, today's report highlights a 71 percent increase of heavy rain and snow in the Northeast over the past half-century and an increased risk from hurricanes linked to higher sea levels. Additionally, the authors conclude the climate change effects ripple across the nation's economy as crops and water supplies continue to be threatened.
“This National Climate Assessment concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country,” the report states.
And instead of talking to the usual lineup of television and print reporters, President Barack Obama granted several interviews this morning to high profile television weather forecasters.