Climate change is happening faster than we think, according to the National Climate Assessment report.
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In the air, the water and even underground , scientists said you'll feel the climate change in almost every way imaginable.
The White House just released its annual National Climate Assessment. Nearly a dozen Hawaii scientists helped prepare the report, which shows the average highs across the islands is getting warmer.
“The air is warming. The ocean’s warming. The ocean’s becoming more acidic, and sea levels are rising. So when the cumulative impact of all of those happening and the combination, you have impact on both the communities and habitats,” said John Marra of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
One of the biggest effects is in Hawaii’s watershed.
“The (United States Geological Survey) study shows that over the past 100 years in Hawaii, stream gauges have actually showed declines in base flow, which is the groundwater component of stream flow,” said Victoria Keener of the East-West Center.
Scientists said the warmer weather is also affecting wildlife.
“We’ve seen increases in temperatures. The impacts have been particularly significant in the high elevations. So things like the silversword are feeling the impacts of heat,” Marra said.
If nothing is done, the effects will only get worse in the span of 100 years, scientists said.
“If we keep at our current rate, the suggestions we’re looking at is 4 to 5 degrees centigrade, which is a lot,” Marra said.
The report released Tuesday is part of President Obama's broader push for action on climate change.