The Obama Administration’s release of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment tells what Idahoans already know: winters are getting warmer, the runoff is coming sooner and we are seeing increased wildfires because of our increasingly hot, dry summers.
The report, written by many of the nation’s top climate scientists and peer reviewed by many more, shows how climate change already has affected both the built and natural landscape. And it predicts even changes more over the next 50 years.
Among the findings for the Pacific Northwest:
As for Idaho:
So what does the Obama administration say we should do about this?
Land-use planning: to protect infrastructure and ecosystems; regulations related to the design and construction of buildings, road, and bridges; and preparation for emergency response and recovery.
Cut carbon: In 2012, power plants and major industrial facilities in Idaho emitted more than 3 million metric tons of carbon pollution — that’s equal to the yearly pollution from more than 600,000 cars.