Climate change will severely affect U.S. economy

Adjust Comment Print

The report notes that the effects of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, including more frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events. The report even outlines how climate change is expected to affect the distribution of disease-carrying insects, exposing populations to Lyme disease ticks and mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and dengue.

Sea level changes "might reshape the United States population distribution", says the report, entitled the National Climate Assessment.

The report also said these more powerful, longer-lasting weather disasters are triggered, at least in part, by global warming.

The report concluded that climate change could eventually cost the United States up to ten percent of its gross domestic product, while claiming thousands of lives in the process.

However, the administration a year ago downplayed a separate government report calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, saying in a statement that "the climate has changed and is always changing".

The report was originally slated to be published in December, but the Trump administration made a decision to publish it on Black Friday instead - a day when many Americans are off work and spending time with family, and therefore paying less attention to news and politics.

"While President Trump continues to ignore the threat of climate change, his own administration is sounding the alarm", said Abigail Dillen, president of environmental group Earthjustice.

In a statement released Friday, former Vice President Al Gore criticized the timing of the report's release.

Getting rid of your auto is the second-most effective action you can take to tackle climate change.

Volume II further assesses risks and impacts for indigenous peoples, as well as the implications of global climate impacts for USA national security interests.

Border Troops May Shift to California as Migrants Gather in Tijuana
He fears the USA won't grant him asylum, and that he'll get deported if he tries to cross into the country without authorization. Some echoed President Donald Trump's rhetoric, calling the Central Americans criminals and the caravan an "invasion".

Trump seemed to take a knock at those calling for action over climate change this week, when he noted that a cold blast was set to hit the U.S.

By 2035, the Northeast is expected to be more than 3.6 degrees warmer on average than during the pre-industrial era, the largest increase in temperature in the contiguous United States, according to the newest installment of the National Climate Assessment released on Friday.

Some $1 trillion in coastal real estate is threatened by rising sea levels, storm surges and high-tide flooding exacerbated by climate change, according to the report.

With regard to human health, in fact, the report found that the annual health impacts and costs would be approximately 50% lower in a scenario in which we reduce emissions and limit global warming than they would in a business-as-usual scenario.

Climate change will wreak havoc on the natural environment, economy and public health in the United States unless more is done to drastically reduce carbon emissions, a U.S. government report has warned.

Lindsay Walters, a spokesman for the White House, said the new report was "largely based on the most extreme scenario".

Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment that was recently released builds upon the CSSR and focuses on the impacts and risks associated with climate change for U.S. sectors (including agriculture, health, energy, and transportation) and regions (such as the Southeast, the Northern Great Plains, the Northwest, and the U.S. Caribbean).

The report noted that mean temperatures in the 48 contiguous states have already warmed 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) since 1900, with 1.2 degrees of that rise coming over the past few decades.

Earlier this month, the president showed his scepticism of climate change in a tweet that suggests Mr Trump links global warming exclusively to warm weather.

The Trump administration released a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving that warned of serious environmental and economic consequences if the planet's warming is not immediately addressed.