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Lesson 15

Climate Change Impacts in the Continental United States

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a comprehensive report conducted periodically as a result of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, summarizing the impacts of climate change on the United States. The most recent NCA was released May 2014. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. The NCA found evidence of climate change in every region with impacts visible in every state.

In this lesson you will learn:
1) Regional Highlights from the Northwest
2) Regional Highlights from the Southwest
3) Regional Highlights from the Great Plains
4) Regional Highlights from the Midwest
5) Regional Highlights from the Southeast
6) Regional Highlights from the Northeast


Time Requirement
This lesson should take around 1 hour.

Science Standards covered in this lesson (click to show)
National Standards:
Geography: Environment and Society
Science Content: F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
AP Environmental Science Topics:
Humans alter natural systems
Environmental problems have a cultural and social context
Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems
AP Human Geography Topics
Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places
Wisconsin Common Core Standards:
Science E Earth and Space Science
Science H Science in Personal and Social Perspectives