Twelve government agencies, making up the Climate Change Science Program, contributed to the report, which warns that Americans will see an increase in heavy rains, dryer drought conditions, more extreme hurricanes, and record heat.
Looking at hurricanes, for example, statistics connect rising sea surface temperatures and hurricane activity. Still, more research is necessary before hurricane activity can be directly connected to human actions.
The federal report suggests a need to cut gas emissions, while seriously increasing preparedness not just for tough weather, but for extreme weather before unheard of, but soon to be commonplace.
Will such a report urge Americans to step up their preparedness to fight extreme weather? Will we regret it if we ignore these warnings for partisan reasons?