The White House is downplaying the severe findings of the National Climate Assessment, a federal report released Friday that shows American life and prosperity will be increasingly at risk from global warming.
Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the USA hundreds of billions of dollars annually by century's end unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major United States government report warned on Friday.
The study, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, was compiled by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists.
The report draws stronger conclusions than three earlier National Climate Assessments in 2000, 2009, and 2014, noting that these types of natural disasters have been increasing in the last 15 years, and that the chances of having more such events going forward are increasing.
This week's United State report, although issued when most people were with their families and not paying attention, drew people to the reality of climate change.
It also details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the US and different sectors of the economy, and projects increased deaths and disease. "That means we have to focus on us", he said.
The report's conclusions fly in the face of the Trump administration's efforts to countermand President Obama's policies to reduce global warming, including limiting future increases in fuel economy, scrapping a program to clean up power plants-which would have helped make current and future electric vehicles cleaner-promoting electricity production from coal, and withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Accord.
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Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings.
"So, to say that because it's cold this week [that's] a refutation of climate change, it's just flawed". So how serious is climate change's affect on the economy? We should trust what were seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. From the fossil fuels he burns jetting around the globe, to his socializing with Hollywood heavy hitters, to his 6,500-square-foot seafront home in California that cost $8.8 million, some climate activists have questioned whether Gore is helping or hurting the climate fight. "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".
But even before the report was made public, Americans were extremely anxious about climate change.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" as some Americans faced the coldest Thanksgiving in over a century.
The 2017 report said the 1.8 degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures since 1901 had lifted temperatures to their highest level in the history of modern civilization, and that it was extremely likely human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, were the dominant cause of the warming since the mid-20th century.
"I don't believe it", he told reporters outside the White House before boarding Air Force One for a flight to Mississippi.