Climate Change Conclusions: Is It Real?
If you were looking for just the bottom line, you'll have to
wait. We're still gathering the references, studies and data from all
sides in the debate. As we find one study or report from one side or the
other, which appears to be conclusive, we then find evidence refuting that
study. So until we complete that process, we'll only say that the
preponderance of reliable data seems to say that the climate has
changed since the 1800's, in the direction of a warming earth.
Whether this is directly or primarily caused by mankind is
yet to be proven.
Conclusions: Climate Change is Caused by...Man? Nature?
Some of each?
We're not there yet. Stay tuned.
Response to Climate Change Should be...
Regardless of whether climate change is caused by mankind, the localized effects
of pollution, waste and inefficiency, on people, society and nature are so
detrimental that it ought to be obvious that we should not pollute and should
not waste. We should move toward cleaner sources of energy. The question
about how fast to move in that direction, how to pay for it, how to incent;
these are not scientific questions, but rather belong in the realm of society
and human costs.
More about Climate Change
Climate Change Research
EPA research improves knowledge of the impacts of climate change on human health and the environment. The scientific information and tools
can be used by communities to effectively and sustainably manage the impacts from a changing world.
Research Areas for
Publications, Tools and Resources
is the climate changing?
can we do about this change?
Climate Change Research
- EPA conducts research to understand the environmental and health impacts of climate change and to provide sustainable solutions for adapting to and
reducing the impact from a changing climate.
Agriculture and Climate
- Climate change affects agricultural producers because agriculture and fisheries depend on specific climate conditions. Temperature changes can cause
crop planting dates to shift. Droughts and floods due to climate change may hinder farming practices.
Air Quality and Climate Change Research
- EPA is conducting research to understand the relationships between climate change and air quality by advancing the understanding of temperature
changs on ozone and particulate matter concentrations and changes in pollen and allergic disease patterns.
King Tides and Climate Change
- The highest predicted high tide of the year at a coastal location can bring unusually high water levels and can cause flooding. Learn about these
tides including what they are, when they occur, and what they can mean for the future.
Climate Change in Coastal Communities
- Estuaries and coastal areas are vulnerable to many impacts of climate change such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. Learn about these
impacts and how resource managers can prepare for them.
Climate Change and Children's Health
- In 2007, sixteen percent of children lived in counties exceeding the annual fine particulate matter standard. Exposure to higher levels of ambient
particulate matter and ozone may increase school absences and hospital admissions due to respiratory illness.