National Climate Assessment


A 2014 session of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—a crucial "dot" in a connected climate science narrative. Photo: IPCC (Flickr)

Connecting the Dots on Climate Science: The Importance of a Complete Science Narrative

Keith Daum, , UCS

In Walter M. Miller’s classic apocalyptic novel, A Canticle for Leibowitz, an atomic holocaust leaves the world in a modern version of the Dark Ages. In this post-apocalyptic world, books are burnt and cultural information destroyed by anti-intellectual mobs. The monks of a small knowledge-hoarding religious institution try to preserve, understand, and control what information remains. Read more >

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Three Major Mistakes the House Science Committee Chairman Made in the Wall Street Journal

, , director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday, the House Science Committee approved the Secret Science Reform Act on a party line vote.  The bill purports to provide full access to the scientific basis for EPA decision making, but in fact it is a sham call for government transparency when its effect is nothing of the kind. On the contrary, numerous open government groups, including UCS,  have raised concerns about the legislation. Read more >

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House Science Committee Chairman Smith: Please Read the National Climate Assessment

, , director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Third National Climate Assessment is out, fully available to the public, and gives the most detailed picture yet of how global warming is affecting the United States. It was an exhausting effort over more than three years by hundreds of scientists. I had the privilege of being one of the authors, and I am proud of the work we did. Read more >

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Farms, Forests, and Climate Change: Few Opportunities, Many Challenges

, , senior climate scientist

Farmers and foresters already face a great deal of uncertainty in their professions. All it takes is a few weeks of intense drought, a single hailstorm, or an uncontrolled wildfire to destroy the results of their labors, and with it, their livelihoods. Read more >

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The Human Toll of Sea Level Rise: What the 2014 National Climate Assessment Doesn’t Say about It (But We Can)

, , senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The good news about the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) is that, unlike past assessments, it is able to connect climate change much more directly to our lives. Read more >

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