Newswise — The convening lead authors of today's landmark government report on climate change impacts in the United States are available for comment.

The report, produced under the auspices of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, finds that climate change is already affecting U.S. agriculture, land and water resources, and biodiversity. Future impacts may include a higher risk of crop failures and livestock mortality, increased damage to forests from fires and insect outbreaks, more rapid growth of weeds, and changes in drought and precipitation patterns. Some crops and other plants may mature more rapidly or become more productive, while others will be adversely affected.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was the lead agency on the report, which was written by 38 authors from universities, nongovernmental organizations, and federal laboratories. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) oversaw production of the report. The three convening lead authors are:

- Peter Backlund, NCAR- Anthony Janetos, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland- David Schimel, National Ecological Observatory Network

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The report, "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3): The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States," can be downloaded from: