"Climate Change Already Playing Out in West, Report Says"

"SALT LAKE CITY  — A new report says the effects of climate change are already being felt in bug-infested forests of the Intermountain West, in reduced flows of the Colorado River basin and in the amount of snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains."

"What is key, the report stresses, is how state and federal governments are responding and what land and natural resource conservation strategies can be embraced or expanded to counter the impacts.

'I think the bottom line is that these impacts are not going to happen 50 or 100 years from now,' said Bruce Stein, director of climate change adaption with the National Wildlife Federation. 'Many of them are already here, and we are going to have to be rethinking what we do to protect our wildlife and how we build and protect our communities.' ...

The report, Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecoystems and Ecosystem Services, was peer-reviewed by the U.S. Geological Survey and drew on the expertise of 60 contributors from government agencies, universities and private, non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy."

Amy Joi O'Donoghue reports for the Deseret News December 18 2012.


"University of Tennessee study predicts extreme climate in Eastern US" (SPX)

Source: Deseret News, 12/19/2012