Climate Change In Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State (2008)

September 2008
Continuing changes in temperature, rainfall, snow cover, and other climate variables will affect the state, from its farmland to its cities.

A report by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a group of independent scientists and economists provides an in-depth look at the potential consequences of climate change in Pennsylvania and the opportunities available today to reduce heat-trapping emissions in the state. Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State shows that without strong action to reduce heat-trapping emissions, Pennsylvania could face dramatic changes from increases in the number of extreme heat days to a decline in economically important trees species.

However, the report also shows that with strong action in Pennsylvania, and the nation, many of the worst consequences of climate changes could be avoided. Many opportunities to reduce heat-trapping emissions are ready and available today and would help put the state on the path to a clean energy future and be an example to the nation.