Federal report sounds alarm on climate change after Trump mocks it

Jermaine Castillo
November 24, 2018

The report says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration".

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

The report, which is mandated by law, "concludes that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising".

Since taking power, President Donald Trump has been rolling back his predecessor's environmental and climate protections in order to maximise the production of domestic fossil fuels.

The 1,656-page Fourth National Climate Assessment describes how record California wildfires, Midwest crop failures and the South's run-down infrastructure indicate the effects of climate change on the economy, health and environment.

The report lays out the impacts of climate change on natural resources and environmental services in USA territories from Puerto Rico to the country's Midwest region, which comprises 18 percent of the country's GDP through agricultural production.

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It predicted that climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century if no efforts are made to curb its effects and said global warming would disproportionately hurt the poor.

A newly released report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday explains in great depth the potential consequences of climate change on the United States and warns that neglecting to take action could drastically impede economic growth over the next century.

Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars by century's end unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, said a United States government report, which he White House called inaccurate.

Trump, as well as several members of his Cabinet, have also cast doubt on the science of climate change, saying the causes of global warming are not yet settled.

And Donald Wuebbles, a co-author from University of IL climate scientist, said, "We're going to continue to see severe weather events get stronger and more intense".

"All climate change is local", said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Richard Alley, who wasn't part of the report but praised it. The White House's decision to instead release the report on Black Friday was likely to lead to accusations that the administration was attempting to dump the report on a day many Americans were not engaged in the news cycle. This is, unfortunately, par for the course for this president that he would try to bury this news and deny it. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said in a statement.

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Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the unsafe weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening.

"This report is clear: It's real". It's bad. It's getting worse. So: "act now", Hayhoe tweeted.

The findings pose a dire warning that is in contrast to the Trump administration's pro-fossil-fuels agenda.

"The biggest concern regarding climate change is less the change itself, and more the pace of change", said Jeff Berardelli, a CBS News climate and weather contributor.

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

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