The effects of climate change will extend beyond water resources and affect many other aspects of our lives, some of which are listed here.
Agriculture depends on the length of growing seasons and precipitation, both of which EPA expects climate change will affect.
Forests also depend on precipitation, and increased temperatures might extend the forest fire season in parts of the United States. Increased temperatures and precipitation might cause increases in some insect populations and increase the spread of some diseases such as Lyme disease.
Outdoor-based recreational opportunities that involve wildlife viewing and cold weather experiences are also likely to be affected by climate change.
Throughout the world, the prevalence of some diseases and other threats to human health depend largely on local climate.
Other nonwater-related effects of climate change include effects on ecosystems, habitat and biodiversity, native people’s ways of life and cultural values.