Northeastern’s Dr. Matthias Ruth helped to author the newly released National Climate Assessment.
A cursory look at the Third National Climate Assessment released Tuesday by the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee yields a grim outlook. The authors state that climate change is already beginning to impact nearly every sector of the economy—and that’s not all: It’s already threatening human health and well being and adversely affecting our infrastructures, our water resources, our crops, our livestock, and our natural ecosystems. What’s more, planning efforts to adapt and mitigate the problem are facing serious limitations.
Mariam Raqib remembers a childhood in Afghanistan where majestic Acacia trees lined the streets of Kabul and wheat grew in the fields outside her family’s home near the city of Jalalabad. That is not the Afghanistan Ms. Raqib found upon returning decades after she and her family fled the Soviet occupation of the 1980s. Forests were felled, irrigation systems destroyed, and farmlands abandoned.