From the Introduction and Background: "Congress has debated the significance of global climate change and what federal policies, if any, should be adopted to address risks and effects associated with climate change. Federal policies may focus on climate change 'mitigation'--to prevent or slow the progress of climate change--or 'adaptation'--to avoid the consequences or capture the benefits of climate change (see text box). Policies focused on adaptation can reduce risks associated with climate change at federal agencies (including risks to infrastructure, operations, and mission delivery), including at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Such policies may affect costs to the department or the sectors it serves. Given that agriculture and forestry are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, adaptation policies are particularly important for these sectors."
CRS Report for Congress, R46454
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