IPCC Hits Close to Home

On Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its second report, which for the first time looks at the regional effects of global warming.

A press release outlines the specifics of the report :

It provides a comprehensive analysis of how climate change is affecting natural and human systems, what the impacts will be in the future and how far adaptation and mitigation can reduce these impacts. The report also contains chapters on specific systems, sectors and regions.

The western United States was mentioned as an area that is already experiencing the effects of global warming. As more and more people call the west home, mountains are losing their snow caps and glaciers are shrinking.  

According to an article in the Denver Post:

"Nature's water reservoir in the West will be much diminished because of melting snow packs and drought, while at the same time, there will be many more people needing the water," said Dr. Linda Mearns, one of more than 2,500 scientists who contributed to the report summary released Friday in Brussels, Belgium.

This report follows the Summary for Policymakers that the IPCC released in February. Another report on how to mitigate climate change is planned for later this year.

As data on global warming continues to mount, we know we can count on the scientists to set the record straight. Hopefully, legislators will also start to feel the heat.