A comprehensive report by government officials and scientists found that every U.S. region faces large-scale impacts from climate change. The Southwest region of the U.S. will have water scarcity due to reduction in spring precipitation and growing population. There will be more droughts and wildfires affecting agriculture and threatening property and forests. The Northwest region will also face water supply shortage due to less snowmelt during spring. Ecosystems will suffer from wildfires. The Great Plains and Midwest also face reduced water levels. The Southeast will become hotter with heat waves and related health issues as well as more water shortages. The Northeast will experience more heat waves with 20-30 days above 100 Fahrenheit every summer. Crops like apples, blueberries, cranberries and syrup will be almost impossible to grow.
Date: June 17, 2009