Federal Agencies Issue Dire Climate Change Warning

Federal Agencies Issue Dire Climate Change Warning

Federal Agencies Issue Dire Climate Change Warning

Climate change will cost the United States' economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, a new U.S. government report has warned. For example, higher temperatures are expected to contribute to more extreme hurricanes in the Southeast, and lower snowpack levels in the Northwest.

The report outlined the projected impact of global warming on every aspect of American society. But, in a bright spot, the report also references local and worldwide action to reduce emissions, even while acknowledging those efforts won't be enough.

Numerous top-line findings are not new-namely that climate change is here and now, is caused by humans, and is expected to pose increasingly serious consequences for each of us, especially if we do not take action now.

Climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century and damage life, infrastructure and agriculture, a federal report said yesterday.

Sea levels are continuing to rise, and extreme events like heavy rain and floods continue to increase worldwide, which will "cascade across economic sectors", Easterling said, warning of "substantial net damage to the USA economy".

Produced by 13 federal departments and agencies and overseen by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the report stretches well over 1,000 pages and draws more definitive, and in some cases more startling, conclusions than earlier versions. In addition to evaluating the risks from climate change on these sectors and regions, the report also showcases success stories and includes two chapters on how climate change risks can be avoided or reduced, by cutting emissions and by adaptation.

"No. No. I have a strong opinion: I want great climate, we're going to have that", he responded-as if one can command "great climate" by ordering it on Amazon Prime.

While much of the damage is already done, the effects could be lessened by continuing to cut down on greenhouse emissions and upgrading aging infrastructure, the report says.

The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen United States government agencies and departments, outlined the projected impact of global warming on every corner of American society in a dire warning that is at odds with the Trump administration's pro-fossil-fuels agenda.

Jake Levine, a former energy and climate aide to President Barack Obama, appeared on MSNBC and criticized President Donald Trump for attempting to bury the report on Black Friday.

Mr Trump and several members of his Cabinet have also repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change, arguing the causes and impacts are not yet settled.

On Wednesday, Trump noted a record cold snap hit the northeast, tweeting, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"

She added that it "contradicts long-established trends by assuming that there would be limited technology and innovation, and a rapidly expanding population". "As a climate scientist it is nearly surreal".

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)-a quadrennial report mandated by Congress since 1990-was released today.

That from a United States federal government report. "But I don't know that it's man-made", the president said on CBS' 60 Minutes in October. The changes highlighted in the report "threaten the health and wellbeing of the American people" and "further disrupt many areas of life, exacerbating existing challenges and revealing new risks", says David Easterling, a report author and scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"This report is clear: It's real".

The skiing could get worse, too. This is one of the small actions that make a difference in the long-term - and let's be honest, it's not a big effort.

"While President Trump continues to ignore the threat of climate change, his own administration is sounding the alarm", said Abigail Dillen, president of environmental group Earth justice. The report's findings, while representative of a broad scientific consensus, run counter to Trump's agenda.

This article was originally published at 11:55 a.m.

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