Climate change will exacerbate pre-existing stresses on ecosystems, including pollution, population growth and urbanization.
In 2009, the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report stating that global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced and that widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase. What remains in question is what these changes and impacts will look like in any given region on the planet, including the Rogue Basin. There are agreements on broad impacts, such as more rain in some areas, less rain in others, warmer temperatures, less snowpack, earlier runoff, changes in seasonal precipitation patterns, disrupted social systems like agriculture and emergency response and human health impacts. There is also agreement climate change will stress water resources across the board. Perhaps most significant, climate change will exacerbate pre-existing stresses on ecosystems, such as pollution, population growth, overuse of resources, urbanization, and other social, economic, and environmental stresses to create larger impacts than from any of these factors alone.