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Climate Change: What's the Issue?

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"Climate change is now widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe. Addressing climate change is central to the work of the United Nations. The threat that climate change poses to peace, security and sustainable development led UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make climate change - what he calls “the defining challenge of our age” - one of the priorities for the UN system. For more than two decades UNEP has played a key role in United Nations efforts to address climate change and increase awareness among governments, the scientific and business communities, and the general public." -- United Nations Environment Programme

"Climate change has implications for the vast land and water resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Park Service (NPS). These resources generally occur within four ecosystem types: coasts and oceans, forests, fresh waters, and grasslands and shrublands. GAO obtained experts' views on (1) the effects of climate change on federal resources and (2) the challenges managers face in addressing climate change effects on these resources. GAO held a workshop with the National Academies in which 54 scientists, economists, and federal resource managers participated, and conducted 4 case studies. According to experts at the GAO workshop, federal land and water resources are vulnerable to a wide range of effects from climate change, some of which are already occurring." United States General Accountability Office

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