The report predicts that a global temperature rise of up to 2° Celsius would result in negative changes include the following:
- Increased likelihood and magnitude of river and coastal flooding;
- Water shortages in summer in the east, increased need for irrigation of crops;
- Negative impacts on water quality;
- Changes in the distribution of species, and possible extinction of vulnerable species requiring cooler conditions, e.g., the Arctic Char;
- Effects on fisheries, which are sensitive to small changes in temperature, e.g., Cod; Increased frequency of wild fires and pest infestation. Find a link here to the EPA statement and report.