Report: Floods, fires and rising seas – how Virginia will feel climate change

This article discusses the National Climate Assessment’s assessment of how climate change will impact Virginia.

Climate change isn’t just about extreme heat waves in distant future decades, or melting glaciers far away from the neighborhoods, forests and farms of Virginia.

Storms are dropping heavier rainfall, summer nights aren’t cooling off as much, tides are creeping higher than before — and it’s already happening in our backyards.

Those trends are likely to continue and intensify by the time a child growing up today gets to retirement age.

The scenarios and the evidence are laid out in a new report called the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was created by hundreds of experts across 13 federal agencies.

Part one of the report, which came out in 2017, explains why the scientific community is confident that emissions from human activities are changing the planet’s weather and oceans.

Part two, released Friday, takes more than 1,600 pages to explore how those changes will affect the health, infrastructure, agriculture and economy around the United States.

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