Latest climate change report predicts dire times for economy, environment

Pablo Tucker
November 26, 2018

The CSSR provided information on how and why the U.S.'s climate is changing - from the human fingerprint on observed increases in extreme heat, to more frequent large wildfires out West, to more intense hurricanes in the North Atlantic since the 1970s.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said "to address future risks, the administration supports a strong economy and access to affordable, reliable energy, which are integral to advancing technology and innovation and the development of resilient, modern infrastructure".

Those are just some of the projections contained in the latest edition of the National Climate Assessment, an encyclopedic rundown of the expected region-by-region impacts of climate change on the United States.

The region - the most densely populated in the nation - will hit that warming milestone more than two decades before global average temperatures reach the same level, according to the comprehensive new report, citing research first published a year ago by climate scientists at the University of MA at Amherst. 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).

The report contradicts the views of US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denied climate change as a Chinese hoax.

A new report analyzes the impacts climate change is having in the USA now, and what the country could look like by 2100.

That includes worsening air pollution causing heart and lung problems, more diseases from insects, the potential for a jump in deaths duringheat waves, and nastier allergies. It looks at how climate change is affecting the USA now and what the country might look like by the end of the century.

For the most part, they demurred, saying that in part the report was finished early and that they wanted to make sure it was out ahead of both an American Geophysical Union gathering next month, as well as a major worldwide climate conference in Poland around the same time.

"We have wasted 15 years of response time".

A new USA government report has delivered a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impact, saying that the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. But if we continue business-as-usual (and don't change our energy or agriculture systems to emit less heat-trapping greenhouse gases), the average temperature could go up by as much as 11 degrees by the end of this century. It also examines options for the country to adapt to climate change, as well as lessen risks and impacts by reducing global warming gases (mitigation).

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.

Rather, they implored reporters to focus instead on the contents of the report, which they said had not been tinkered with by administration officials. "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".

"This report will weaken the Trump administration's legal case for undoing climate change regulations, and it strengthens the hands of those who go to court to fight them", said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and global affairs at Princeton, as The New York Times quoted.

Reporters questioned the timing of this year's release, which came on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a national holiday when many people are traveling and shopping.

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", according to that report.

In cold or rainy countries, the task might be challenging - but these challenges are nothing compared to the worst consequences of climate change.

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