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National Climate Assessment

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On Tuesday March 6, the US government will release the National Climate Assessment, explaining how climate change will affect and is already affecting different communities and regions. This report will be a tremendous resource for teachers, for parents, and for anyone trying to connect global climate change to local concerns.

The report, a product of dozens of federal agencies and years of work, will answer key questions: How will climate change affect our communities? How can we evaluate news stories about the effects of climate change in your area? What can you do to reach out to your local media and educators, to encourage them to explore the local impacts of climate change?

The White House will host a panel discussing the educational use of the third National Climate Assessment. The panel will be streamed live from the White House ( between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Central) on May 6, 2014.

In addition to the White House panel, Mark McCaffrey of the National Center for Science Education ( (NCSE) will be discussing the educational use of the NCA in a webinar/teleconference ( with the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network at 12:00 p.m. (Central) and in a conference call ( with the NCAnet Education Affiliate Group at 4:00 p.m. (Central).

McCaffrey explained on NCSE's blog ( that the report provides "[b]oatloads of opportunities to drill down into the data to learn more about how climate change is impacting our country. ... Want to know how climate change is impacting your region? They have that. How climate change will affect coastal and marine systems? That’s included. Did they include tribal nations? Of course. How human health, agriculture and water resources will change? That, too. Energy supply and use? Yep. Biodiversity? Sure. All this and much, much more. A veritable treasure trove of information." He summarized, "The NCA is the first step to changing the conversation in America about climate change, and educators have a unique opportunity to jump in and use this new material to bring the challenges of climate change home to their students."

To learn more, join tomorrow's panels and conference calls.

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