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From 1950 to 2018, average annual precipitation has risen in 90% of the U.S. states analyzed. The great majority of the country has experienced above-average rainfall so far this year – in fact, the last 12 months have been the wettest on record.
Planning to reduce vulnerability to climate change enables land managers to mitigate risks and increase resilience.
The greenhouse effect is a natural process where atmospheric gases trap heat – a phenomena that allows the Earth to retain enough solar heat to be livable.
Climate Change Facts and Data are highlighted here – for example, did you know current atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are above 400 ppm? This impacts global temperatures and these changes affect regional and local climate trends and resources.
Defined simply, climate change is the process of altering our planet’s current climatic conditions.
A NASA study has confirmed with direct evidence that human activities are changing Earth’s energy budget, trapping much more energy from the Sun than is escaping back into space.
Over the past five years, Americans have become much more concerned about climate change, and they want more reporting from us on local impacts and solutions.
Climate change is causing temperatures to rise throughout the year, but some seasons are warming faster than others. As we approach the start of meteorological winter on December 1st, we see that winter is warming the fastest in most of the country.
Global temperatures interact with nearly all aspects of our climate, from the amount and timing of precipitation to storm and wind intensity. These effects — known as climate change impacts — are happening faster than in previous periods of climate change. These shifts can present management challenges to the conservation community.