"Impact Of Climate Change Hitting Home, U.S. Report Finds"

"The consequences of climate change are now hitting the United States on several fronts, including health, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture and especially more frequent severe weather, a congressionally mandated study has concluded."

"A draft of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, released on Friday, said observable change to the climate in the past half-century 'is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuel,' and that no areas of the United States were immune to change.

'Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State, and maple syrup producers in Vermont have observed changes in their local climate that are outside of their experience,' the report said."

Deborah Zabarenko reports for Reuters January 11, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Effects Of Climate Change Will Be Felt More Deeply in Decades Ahead, Draft Report Says" (Washington Post)

"Draft U.S. National Climate Assessment Report Released for Public Review" (Climate Science Watch)

"Expanding the Climate Change Conversation" (OSTP blog/John P. Holdren & Jane Lubchenco)

"Letter: Climate Change and the American People" (NCADAC)

"Federal Scientists Release Draft National Climate Assessment" (Union of Concerned Scientists Release)

"National Climate Assessment Details Stronger Evidence Of Global Warming And Its Impacts " (Huffington Post)

"Draft US Climate Assessment Released for Review" (Nature News)

"Federal Report Links Man-Made Emissions To 'Unambiguous' Changes In U.S. Life, Landscape" (Greenwire)

"National Climate Assessment Repeats The Obvious: We Need Climate Action Now" (NRDC Release)

"Not Just Polar Bears: US Govt Report Says Climate Change 'Affects Everything' Americans Do" (Associated Press)

"US Scientists in Fresh Alert Over Effects of Global Warming" (Guardian)

"Report: Climate Change Triggers Extreme Weather Events" (Politico)

"Climate Change Set To Make America Hotter, Drier and More Disaster-Prone" (Guardian)

"Climate Assessment Delivers a Grim Overview" (Los Angeles Times)

"Global Warming Will Decrease Northwest Summer Streamflows, Increase Forest Mortality, National Assessment Says" (Portland Oregonian)

"Major Report Warns Climate Change Could Raise Temperatures By 10 Degrees" (Hill/E2 Wire)

"End Climate Silence Now: Draft Climate Assessment Warns Of Devastating 9°-15°F Warming Over Most Of U.S." (Climate Progress)

"Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report Released for Public Review" (US Global Change Research Program/NCADAC)

Source: Reuters, 01/14/2013