US Already Affected by Climate Change

Posted November 28, 2018

The report, which was compiled by more than 13 federal agencies and over 300 climate scientists, suggests that not only is the earth's climate rapidly changing, but also that humans are playing an active role in that change.

However, he rejected the central warning in the National Climate Assessment, which said there will be hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by the end of the century due to climate change "without substantial and sustained global mitigation".

The report noted that new USA records for destructive weather have been set in recent years.

The report, which was written before California's recent deadly fires, also says the last few years have smashed records for damaging weather in the US, costing almost $400 billion since 2015.

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Many major news networks caught wind of the report, and the sneaky Friday news dump was not as quiet as the administration would have liked. "This report underscores what we are already seeing firsthand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now". By the end of the 21 century, the country will be 1.6 to 6.6 degrees higher, depending on how much pollution is released into the atmosphere.

'Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperatures continues to steadily increase'.

The report supplements a study issued past year that concluded humans were the main driver of global warming and warned of catastrophic effects to the planet. But they need to go down much further and faster to avoid dire consequences.

However, weather and climate are two different things, and "it's just flawed logic to identify a cold day or a week with disproving climate change", explains Marshall Shepherd, an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Georgia, former president of the American Meteorological Society and host of the "Weather Geeks" podcast.

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An aerial photo shows damaged and destroyed homes after Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast in Mexico Beach, Oct. 12, 2018. The report's authors conclude that the changing climate "is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us". After that year, the Great Recession caused emissions to drop as manufacturing and the economy slowed and technological innovations in hydraulic fracturing caused the nation to shift away from coal to natural gas, which produces less emissions.

Meanwhile, environmental activists are begging the president to believe the evidence produced by his own administration. "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, and its taxpayers". He said the agreement would hurt the USA economy and said there was little evidence it would improve the environment.

Many have raised concerns that the current administration does not take a fact-based evaluation of climate change data.

- Washington Post, with additional reporting from Associated Press writer John Lemire.

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