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January 11, 2013

Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384

Federal Agency Scientific Advisory Committee Releases Draft Climate Assessment
Draft Report is Rolled Out for Comment after the Hottest Year on Record in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. -- The draft of the Third National Climate Assessment was released online today and will be officially released for public review on Monday, January 14. The draft report is the most comprehensive collaboration of top U.S. Scientists and all federal agencies to document how climate disruption is affecting regions and business sectors across the U.S. The final assessment is expected in early 2014.

In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, issued the following statement:

“The Sierra Club welcomes the release of the draft of the National Climate Assessment, and our 2.1 million members and supporters are ready to support and amplify these findings. This report underscores what many of us already know -- climate disruption is here and it is exacting real, human and economic costs.  

“2012 was the hottest year on record for our nation. It was a year rife with droughts, wildfires and extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy. In addition, the number of weather catastrophes driven by climate disruption across the world has tripled since 1980, with the greatest increases in North America.

“The situation is dire and requires nothing short of bold, decisive action by President Obama and our leaders to cut our addiction to fossil fuels and build a clean energy economy.”