The Trump administration is downplaying the significance of a report issued Friday that included dire predictions about the impact of climate change in the U.S. The White House said the study was largely based on "the most extreme scenario" and doesn't account for new technology and other innovations that could diminish carbon emissions and the effects of climate change.
In the paper, titled the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, officials claim that global warming and extreme weather conditions would affect most sectors of the United States economy, ranging from infrastructure to healthcare.
We need to take the reports seriously.
"A warm, dry climate has increased the areas burned over the last 20 years", he said at a press conference Friday.
The National Academy of Sciences reviewed the report, and one of the members said this: "We have wasted 15 years of response time". It'll be especially costly on the nation's coasts because of rising seas and severe storm surges, which will lower property values.
Alaska and Louisiana are singled out with scientists predicating coastal flooding is likely to force some residents to relocate.
Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the unsafe weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening. Weather and climate are different things, as most of today's sixth-graders are aware.
Climate scientists have said for decades that marginalized populations, particularly those in low-income communities and often people of color, will be the first and hardest hit by climate change's effects.
"Continuing to damage" means climate change already causing problems, present tense.
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"I had breakfast this morning too, and that doesn't mean we alleviated world hunger - and that's what that logic is like".
The report, which is 1,600 pages long, isn't good news for the future of our planet-or the USA economy.
The report released this past Friday was compiled by 13 government departments and agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and NASA. It was originally scheduled for December.
Per multiple reports, the report was supposed to come out next month, but was instead pushed out the day after Thanksgiving, leading to much criticism that they were trying to slip it in during a holiday weekend.
On Wednesday amid plunging temperatures on the East Coast, he wondered in a tweet: "Whatever happened to global warming?" But the Trump administration has signaled that the country will pull out of worldwide initiatives like the Paris climate accord, aimed at lowering global temperatures, claiming that these treaties have been unfair for the United States economy.
Earther has reached out to the White House for comment on why the National Climate Assessment was released on Black Friday, and we'll update this post if we hear back. Report director David Reidmiller said questions about the timing were "relevant", but said what was in the report was more important.
Citing numerous studies, the report says more than 90 percent of the current warming is caused by humans.
"There are no credible alternative human or natural explanations supported by the observational evidence", the report says. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.