Fact Sheet: Fifth National Climate Assessment Water Toplines

Colored pencil drawing by 8th grader Ritika S. depicting a globe with hand erasing pollution on one side of globe while the other hand redraws action to restore the earth's future.


The Fifth National Climate Assessment, released November 14, 2023 summarizes the latest scientific consensus on climate science in the United States. The report finds safe, reliable water supplies in the United States are threatened by drought, flooding, and sea level rise. Climate change is degrading water quality for people and ecosystems, and threatening public health. While many communities across the country are already investing in climate-water solutions, adaptation efforts aren’t moving fast enough to keep up with the speed of climate change impacts on water resources. This summary highlights the water-related subject-matter findings of the assessment.

Art credit: "Redrawing the Earth" is a 2023 colored pencil drawing submitted by Ritika S. in Grade 8 as part of the National Climate Assessment's Art x Climate gallery.