USDA Highlights Need for Resilience Across the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released reports that warn of shifting agricultural patterns, weaker ecosystem services and endangered livelihoods throughout the United States. The agency also notes that areas with infrastructure and energy and production systems based on past climatic and ecological conditions will be at risk.

Notably, the USDA recommends implementation of climate change adaptation strategies:

The ability of communities with resource-based economies to adapt to climate change is linked to their direct exposure to these changes, as well as to the social and institutional structures present in each environment. Human communities that have diverse economies and are resilient to change today will also be prepared for future climatic stresses.

To read the reports, visit:

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation

Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector