The effects of climate change are already taking a serious toll on the United States. Rising sea levels, more severe and frequent droughts, floods, wildfires, and storms threaten critical infrastructure, military preparedness, and human life.
Climate change is also sapping the economy and straining federal budgets as the government is forced to pay out record levels in disaster relief each year.
This fact sheet lays out some of the trends in climate events over the last ten to fifteen years, demonstrating rising threats to the United States.
Mitigating greenhouse gases is necessary to reduce the effects of climate change. However, the United States must also take adaptation measures in order to minimize the inevitable consequences of climate change.