News19's Jim Gandy was part of a group of weather experts invited to the White House this week for the release of the National Climate Assessment report. Earlier, we showed you his one-on-one interview with President Obama; now, here's Jim's take on his conversation with the White House science advisor.
I had an opportunity to visit with Dr. John Holdren, the President's Science Advisor, at the White House about the 3rd National Climate Assessment. The report outlines how climate change is impacting different parts of the country. I asked him about what the report said about South Carolina and what we need to address.
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Not every part of the country will see the same impacts. The impacts in South Carolina will be related to intense rainfall, droughts, heat waves, sea level rise, stronger hurricanes, changing ecosystems, and a more acidic ocean affecting the marine environment. Forests, agriculture, and fishing will be impacted by the changing climate and extremes in weather.
This report differs from the report from the U.N. Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change's reports released last September, March, and April. The 3rd National Climate Assessment focuses on regional impacts.
The report is packed with information that communities can use to address the impacts in their area. For instance a database is now available for coastal communities to assess the threats from sea level rise.
Dr. Holdren says that while climate change is global the impacts are local. Communities need to address future climate change into their plans to adapt to what is likely. The report is design to help communities become more resilient.
To see the full interview, click on the video above.