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Statement from NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad on the IPCC Climate Change 2022 Impacts Report

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
March 1, 2022
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New U.S. regional sea level scenarios developed by NOAA and partners will help coastal communities plan for and adapt to risks from rising sea levels. This photo shows flooding in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 16, 2014. (Credit: NOAA)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (NOAA PR) — Today’s [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] IPCC report is crystal clear: We must urgently reduce our emissions while also increasing our efforts to adapt to the impacts we can no longer avoid. Simply put, societies and ecosystems need to prepare now for the increasing effects of extreme heat, drought, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change. 

“The international group of experts that authored this report, including two NOAA scientists, highlight the critical role adaptation must play in our climate-altered world. At NOAA, we work every day to address these essential issues raised by the IPCC. Our agency recently released the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report that provides updated projections through 2150 of how rising water will affect our coasts and coastal communities. We’re also helping communities measure their own urban heat islands, understand where and when they might be affected by drought, and are partnering with cities like Chicago to help them prepare regional climate plans. It’s our goal to engage even more elected officials and business leaders in using NOAA’s data, products, and services so that they can create plans of their own.

“As NOAA’s Administrator, it is my goal to ensure that our agency is helping these decision makers build a Climate-Ready Nation that strengthens our resilience to climate change, which will help protect lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods. 

“After all, if we hope to have a prosperous society and economy tomorrow, it must begin with climate action and adaptation plans made today.”

— Dr. Rick Spinrad

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