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Four Things to Know?and a Word of Caution?about EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Website Reboot

Four Things to Know—and a Word of Caution—about EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Website Reboot

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first updates to its Climate Change Indicators website since 2016, when the previous administration halted the regular updates that had been a feature of the site for years. By tracking the progression of climate change across different human and natural systems, the website provides an accessible place for planners and the public to explore data generated primarily by federal agencies on climate change and its impacts on our lives. Here are four things to know—and one word of caution—about EPA’s updated Climate Change Indicators resource.

1. A curated clearinghouse for climate metrics

The Climate Change Indicators website has long served as a source of information about how climate change is manifesting in the world around us as well as our daily lives. Encompassing data on heat-trapping emissions, weather and extreme events, climate, oceans, glaciers, ice sheets and ice cover, snow, ecosystems, and human health, the website brings many different sources of data under one big umbrella. Most of the data is publicly available elsewhere—such as on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites—but EPA screens that data to make sure it’s connected to climate change and based on trends over time.

The recently-updated indicators on EPA’s website collectively communicate a clear message: Almost every facet of our climate system is changing. For those following climate change stories in the news, there may be little new information here.

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