New Report Rings Climate-Change Alarm

A new report from federal scientists does not mince words in demandingaction on climate change. Though the info in the report, titled "GlobalClimate Change Impacts in the United States," is nothing new, the sizeof the report, its timing, and the clear language used are all notable,The Washington Post reports. "Climate change over this century willchallenge the ability of society and natural systems to adapt," thereport says, which was released as Congress begins to consider a billthat would include drastic measures such as the first national cap onemissions. Some of the more ominous findings in the report includeaverage temperatures having risen two degrees over the last 50 years, aswell as heavy storms in the Northeast being 67 percent heavier.