Reports on our changing climate reveal an increasingly turbulent world that awaits our children and grandchildren. On Friday, a federal advisory committee on climate change released a draft of its third periodic assessment of climate change in the United States.

The reports are required by Congress and must be updated no later than every four years.

Friday's draft updates the report issued in 2009.

The report is in draft form so that the scientific community and public at large can comment before it is formally presented to Congress and the president. It contains 30 chapters and runs more than 1,000 pages.

To read the report and offer comment, click here.

The public comment period will run from Monday to April 12.

Midlands residents will have a special opportunity to directly voice their views.

The town hall forum for the Great Plains will be held Feb. 4 in Lincoln. Registration is required because space is limited.

To attend, register here.

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