Climate experts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say the climate debate is over - climate change is real. Friday UNL faculty released the following statement regarding their stance on climate change:
"Based on our informed scientific judgment, we most strongly support the policy statements on climate change of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union, the two most prominent U.S. scientific societies whose members are studying the climate system. Climate change is real, and human activities have a profound effect on the way in which it is occurring. Over the coming decades it will get warmer in Nebraska, by four to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Changes in mean rainfall are less clear, as all models predict wetter to our east and drier to our west; the ‘no-change' line cuts somewhere through Nebraska. Of most concern, snowpack in the central Rockies is forecast to decrease dramatically with strong implications for the Platte River (will Lake McConaughy become a ditch in mid-summer?). In addition to a trend towards more drought, we can expect this trend to be interspersed with more extreme flooding events due to enhanced climate variability. The time for debate is over. The time for action is here."
The preceding statement was prepared by the following faculty members and experts on climate study:
Clinton M. Rowe, Professor; Robert J. Oglesby, Professor; Mark R. Anderson, Associate Professor; Martha Shulski, Assistant Professor; Adam L. Houston, Associate Professor