The State Department’s 2014 U.S. Climate Action Report details actions that the U.S. is taking domestically and internationally to address climate change.
The amount, distribution and timing of precipitation events is changing. In general, precipitation events are occurring less frequently, but are more likely to be intense.
Impacts of changing water regimes include altered precipitation, altered water levels, and greater flood risk. Together these changes pose management challenges and present conservation opportunities to the land trust community.
Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects highlights how awareness has been growing in recent years about zoonotic diseases — that is, diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus — due to climate change. The rise of such diseases results from closer relationships among wildlife, domestic animals, and people, allowing more contact with diseased animals, organisms that carry and transmit a disease from one animal to another (vectors), and people.