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WWF: 2012 Record Warmth and Extreme Weather a Clarion Call for Climate Action

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, Managing Director of Climate Change, in response to today’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcement confirming 2012 as the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States:

“Today’s announcement confirms what local communities across the country have experienced all year--warmer weather, prolonged drought and more frequent extreme weather events. These warmer temperatures also put Americans at risk in 2013 as we begin the year with 61% of the contiguous US in drought--more than twice the area in drought a year ago and comparable to the worst of the Dust Bowl years.

“This news is a clarion call for President Obama to use the full powers of the presidency during this second term to put in place common sense solutions. Americans are clamoring for a coherent national response to the costly and disruptive changes in our weather.

“In the coming week, President Obama will again be reminded about these troubling trends when an independent advisory committee issues the draft National Climate Assessment report, a full science-based status check on how climate change is impacting the US. We urge President Obama to connect the dots and lead a clear national conversation about preparing for the climate threat.”

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