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Articles by Theo Spencer

Theo Spencer is senior advocate for NRDC's Climate Center. He works on global warming-related issues, mostly in the Interior West and Midwest. His primary focus is on fighting proposed new conventional coal plants, but he also works on the impacts of global warming on water resources in the West, as well as federal climate legislation.

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The Mississippi River on the rise.Photo: boxchainCross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

As The Washington Post reported today, people along the Mississippi River and its swollen tributaries are facing a very difficult decision: Should they flood the farms to save the cities?

That’s a tough spot to be in, and one we are more likely to face as a result of climate change, according to a report released today, “America’s Climate Choices,” by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

The report states:

The impacts of climate change — on coasts, water resources, agriculture, ecosystems, transportation systems, and other human and natural systems — can generally be expected to intensify with warming.

That warming, the report says,

… is very likely caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems. Each additional ton of greenhouse gases emitted commits us to further change and greater risks.

“America’s Climate Choices” was requested by Congress several years ago, as The New York T... Read more