Tuesday, April 27, 2010


EPA Issues Report on U.S. Climate Change Indicators

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April 27, 2010

EPA Issues Report on U.S.
Climate Change Indicators

WASHINGTON - Heat waves, storms, sea levels, glaciers, and wildlife
migrations are just a few of the environmental indicators that show
measurable signs of climate change.  A U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States,
looks at 24 key indicators that show how climate change impacts the
health and environment of the nation's citizens.

"These indicators show us that climate change is a very real problem
with impacts that are already being seen," said Gina McCarthy, assistant
administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "The actions
Americans are taking today to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions will help us solve this global challenge."

Some of the key findings include:

*         Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are increasing.
Between 1990 and 2008, there has been about a 14 percent increase in
emissions in the United States.

*         Average temperatures are rising. Seven of the top 10 warmest
years on record for the continental United States have occurred since

*         Tropical cyclone intensity has increased in recent decades.
Six of the 10 most active hurricane seasons have occurred since the

*         Sea levels are rising. From 1993 to 2008, sea level rose twice
as fast as the long-term trend.

*         Glaciers are melting. Loss of glacier volume appears to have
accelerated over the last decade.

*         The frequency of heat waves has risen steadily since the
1960s. The percentage of the U.S. population impacted by heat waves has
also increased.

The information included in this report will help inform future policy
decisions and will help evaluate the success of climate change efforts.
The data used in this report were collected by several government
agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholder organizations. As
new data and information become available, EPA will update and broaden
the indicators in future reports.

Information about the Climate Change Indicators report:

Information about climate change: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange


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