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ACTION TIMELINE

November 14, 2006 – The Center, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth filed suit against the Bush administration for refusing to complete a National Assessment of global warming’s impacts on the United States, as required by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

February 8, 2007 – Senator John Kerry and Representative Jay Inslee filed an amicus brief in support of the Center’s lawsuit against the Bush administration for its failure to issue a National Assessment (by that time more than two years overdue).

August 21, 2007 – In response to our lawsuit, a federal judge rebuked the Bush administration for suppressing a Research Plan and National Assessment of the impacts of global warming on the United States. The judge ordered the administration to draft the Research Plan by March 1, 2008, with a final 90 days later and the National Assessment by May 31, 2008.

May 29, 2008 – In accordance with the August 2007 court order, the U.S. Climate Change Science Program finally released a comprehensive report on the impacts of global warming in the United States.

June 16, 2009 – The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a much-awaited comprehensive, science-based report on observed and projected climate change impacts in the United States. The report detailed far-reaching impacts to ecosystems, human health, water, agriculture, transportation, and infrastructure, and concluded that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would need to be stabilized to near today’s levels (385 ppm) to avoid dangerous climate change.

January 2013 – A new draft National Climate Assessment was released for public comment, explaining that climate change is already delivering hotter summers, more flooding and periods of extreme heat that “last longer than any living American has ever experienced.” But the report also offered five particularly disturbing predictions about climate change, according to scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity. 

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