Federal climate report warns of worsening U.S. disasters

Gwen Vasquez
November 26, 2018

The White House on Friday released a federal report that found that the impacts of climate change are being felt across the country, and "extreme weather and climate-related events" are going to worsen in the years to come - with a significant impact on the economy.

Washington D.C. [USA]: A climate report released by the White House warned of grim consequences due to climate change.

"It is very likely that some impacts, such as the effects of ice sheet disintegration on sea level rise and coastal development, will be irreversible for many thousands of years, and others, such as species extinction, will be permanent", the report warns.

The issue of climate change is at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump's agenda as he continuously strives to rewrite pro-environment policies.

The assessment from scientists and 13 federal agencies and took years to compile and runs more than 1,000 pages in its printed version.

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"We live in our drought, our floods and our heat waves".

"Climate change is spawning more extreme weather, causing irreparable harm to communities, costing billions of dollars a year, and leading to countless deaths". Changing temperatures will also expand the geographic range of disease-carrying insects like ticks and mosquitoes, leaving more people at risk of getting Lyme disease, Zika, West Nile, and dengue.

Wildfire seasons - already longer and more destructive than before - could burn up to six times more forest area annually by 2050 in parts of the US.

Stating that humans are the reason behind the 90% of the rise in temperature, the report asserted that the U.S. will be as much as will be 3-12 degrees hotter by the end of the century.

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"This report makes it clear that climate change is not some problem in the distant future".

If emissions continue to climb, economic losses will be in the hundreds of billions annually in some sectors by the end of the century - "more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US states", the report says.

The NCA4 underscores these points for the United States and shows that we can pave the way towards a safer future if we take immediate action to reduce global warming emissions.

"The U.S. food system is a globalized food system, and we import a lot", said Diana Liverman, a Regents' professor at the University of Arizona.

The second volume's release comes just one day after President Trump tweeted, "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".

The studies clash with policy under Mr Trump, who has been rolling back Obama-era environmental and climate protections to maximise production of domestic fossil fuels, including crude oil, already the highest in the world, above Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report repeatedly declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump. And the administration has sought to downplay the significance of man-made climate change, scrapped a slew of regulations created to address the issue and changed the country's climate posture in the global arena with a promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Light said it's impossible not to conclude that the timing is meant to hide the report from public view.

The report blames human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, as the primary cause of rising temperatures.

What does the report say?

They suggest that policy, technological and behavioral changes that lead to significantly lower emissions can cut potential financial damage across many sectors roughly by half.

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