SchwartzReport: Climate Change and Cascading System Failures

03 Environmental Degradation, Earth Intelligence
Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz

This report is, I think, a pretty good assessment of how climate change is going to play out in the beginning. As a country we are utterly unprepared for this. Instead we squander our money on one insane war after another. And, if the Republicans become the majority in the Senate, as many analysts predict, even the modest little efforts put forward by Obama will come to an end. I think one should assume that we are going to face climate change unprepared except for what communities and individual families do.

New Government Report Warns of ‘Cascading System Failures’ Caused By Climate Change
KATE SHEPPARD – The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday.

The reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review compiled by 13 government agencies that the U.S. Global Change Research Program is expected to release in April. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory put together the reports, which warn that climate-fueled storms, flooding and droughts could cause “cascading system failures” unless there are changes made to minimize those effects. Island Press has published the full-length version of the reports, which focus on energy and infrastructure more broadly.