THE GOOD NEWS:
My “San Francisco Air Quality: Fall 2020” quilt was selected to be included in the Fifth National Climate Assessment released by the US Government yesterday in the “Art x Climate” Gallery of the report. I wrote a blog post in 2020 about the making of this quilt which you can see here.
In addition to the Art x Climate Gallery, my piece is also featured in the report under NATIONAL TOPICS Chapter 14. “Air Quality” to illustrate Key Message 2: ”Increasing Wildfire Smoke is Harming Human Health and Catalyzing New Protection Strategies:
“Art × Climate is the first art gallery to be featured in the National Climate Assessment. The US Global Change Research Program issued a call for art with the understanding that, together, art and science move people to greater understanding and action. The call received more than 800 submissions, and the final collection features the work of 92 artists. Their work, which represents all 10 NCA regions, offers a powerful depiction of climate change in the United States—its causes and impacts, as well as the strength of our collective response.”
THE BAD NEWS:
The effects of human-caused climate change are already far-reaching and worsening across every region of the United States. Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions can limit future warming and associated increases in many risks. Across the country, efforts to adapt to climate change and reduce emissions have expanded since 2018, and US emissions have fallen since peaking in 2007. However, without deeper cuts in global net greenhouse gas emissions and accelerated adaptation efforts, severe climate risks to the United States will grow.
I urge you to click on the link bookmark this report, and READ IT. The Fifth National Climate Assessment
The report, issued roughly every four years, was mandated by Congress in the late 1980s and is meant as a reference for the president, Congress, and the public. The massive assessment describes the climate and economic impacts Americans will see if further action is not taken to address climate change.
Read more here: The Fifth National Climate Assessment
- Who’s to blame for climate change? Scientists don’t hold back in new federal report – USA Today 11/14/23
- “The science is irrefutable”: US warming faster than global averages, says report. Government assessment says extreme weather events mean country suffers a disaster every three weeks, costing a least $1bn – The Guardian 11/14/23
- Worsening warming is hurting people in all regions, US climate assessment shows – San Francisco Chronicle 11/14/23
- No place in the US is safe from the climate crises, but a new report shows where it’s most severe – CNN 11/14/23
- The Toll of Climate Disasters Is Rising. But a U.S. Report has Good News, Too – New York Times 11/14/23
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases Fifth National Climate Assessment and Announces More Than $6 Billion to Strengthen Climate Resilience Across the Country – WhiteHouse.gov 11/15/23