Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State

This report, a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a group of independent experts, analyzes climate change-related impacts on key sectors in the state of Pennsylvania. This report summarizes how Pennsylvania's twenty-first century climate is projected to change under two different scenarios, or possible futures, of continued human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases. These scenarios are used in climate models to assess future changes in many sectors across the state.

The impacts from climate change in Pennsylvania are described for the agriculture, forest, winter recreation, air quality, and infrastructure sectors.  Solutions provided include mitigation options as well as general adaptation measures.  The report includes a brief section entitled "How to Prioritize Adaptation Strategies" as well.

Publication Date: October 2008

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