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White House warns of climate change impacts in south Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) -

A new government report says Georgia's agriculture industry will take a major hit from climate change and urgent action is needed.

Tuesday, the Obama Administration released the third National Climate Assessment, calling it the most comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change and its impact.

President Obama said, "We want to emphasize to the public, this is not some distant problem of the future. This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now."

The report predicts increased drought in our region that will cause severe water shortages in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.

Experts also say yields of major south Georgia crops such as peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans will be impacted.

The report concluded devastating effects of climate change arrived even sooner than experts predicted just a few years ago, and the report says those impacts will only get worse.

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