Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) offers a treasure trove for educators and learners with a wealth of background information, detailed summaries, and relevant data about changing climate throughout the United States.  This resource provides an overview of key highlights of the NCA and suggestions on how to make effective use of the materials that have been compiled by experts to inform the nation on the causes, effects, risks and responses to human impacts on the climate system.

National Climate Assessment Resources for Educators

The Third National Climate Assessment is available to download and can be explored interactively through the newly redeployed website. In this mobile-compatible site, every piece of the report is shareable, including graphics, key messages, regional highlights, full chapters, and more. More broadly, the new site features accessible and dynamic information,topical call-outsresources, and news about global change and related Federal research and engagement efforts.





Globalchange.gov Resources

  • NCA full report                                                    website     PDF

    • Overview and Report Findings               website     PDF     Resumen Hallazgos del Informe (Spanish translation)

    • Climate Trends                                       website                 Tendencias Climáticas (Spanish translation)

    • NCA highlights (140 pages, PDF) summary of report findings & trends (20 page exec. summary)

      • English version                           website    PDF

      • Spanish version                          website

  • FAQs

  • Regional- & sector-specific handouts (PDF) derived from the Highlights doc but focused on specific sectors and regions



Whitehouse.gov Energy/climate-change resources

            Dr. John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama's climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now.


Whitehouse.gov NCA blog

  • White House/OSTP Blog Post – Post from Dr. Holdren and Dr. Sullivan - website


Supporting Federal Resources

Questions & Answers


Key Figures/Videos/Simulations


Explore the NCA Report Findings

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  • Report Finding 1: Global climate is changing and this is apparent across the United States in a wide range of observations. The global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels. Learn More
  • Report Finding 2: Some extreme weather and climate events have increased in recent decades, and new and stronger evidence confirms that some of these increases are related to human activities. Learn More
  • Report Finding 3: Human-induced climate change is projected to continue, and it will accelerate significantly if global emissions of heat-trapping gasses continue to increase. Learn More
  • Report Finding 4: Impacts related to climate change are already evident in many sectors and are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond. Learn More
  • Report Finding 5: Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including through more extreme weather events and wildfire, decreased air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects, food and water. Learn More
  • Report Finding 6: Infrastructure is being damaged by sea level rise, heavy downpours, and extreme heat; damages are projects to increase with continued climate change. Learn More
  • Report Finding 7: Water quality and water supply reliability are jeopardized by climate change in a variety of ways that affect ecosystems and livelihoods. Learn More
  • Report Finding 8: Climate disruptions to agriculture have been increasing and are projects to become more severe over this century. Learn More
  • Report Finding 9: Climate change poses particular threats to Indigenous Peoples' health, well-being, and ways of life. Learn More
  • Report Finding 10: Ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society are being affected by climate change. The capacity of ecosystems to buffer the impacts of extreme events like fires, floods, and severe storms is being overwhelmed. Learn More
  • Report Finding 11: Ocean waters are becoming warmer and more acidic, broadly affecting ocean circulation, chemistry, ecosystems, and marine life. Learn More
  • Report Finding 12: Planning for adaptation (to address and prepare for impacts) and mitigation (to reduce future climate change, for example by cutting emissions) is becoming more widespread, but current implementation efforts are insufficient to avoid increasingly negative social, environmental, and economic consequences. Learn More

What do these report findings mean?

These report findings help us understand the climate changes already underway, provide the context for how we can minimize impacts, build resilient communities, and protect the ecosystems that sustain us. All of the report findings address the vitally important social, economic, and environmental challenges and solutions that are required in order to meet the climate challenges we and future generations face.


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