Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns

Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns

The report links heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, droughts, crop failures, and damage to infrastructure that has already affected us communities to climate change, and says that "to avoid substantial damages to the USA economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades", people must take aggressive steps to mitigate climate effects and adapt to those that are already inevitable.

'It's an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled megafires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms, ' O'Mara said in a statement. One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by global delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 conference on climate change in Katowice, Poland, which begins on December 3. CNN also gave the report front page treatment on its website Friday, as did the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The National Climate Assessment was written long before the California fires and the hurricanes. It's a lot like an event the United States arranged during last year's climate conference in Bonn, Germany that Michael Bloomberg (the former NY mayor and now UN Special Envoy for Climate Action) described as "promoting tobacco at a cancer summit".

The new federal report lays out grim scenarios for each part of the country, including how changes in the amounts and timing of snow and rainfall is leading water stress. The sudden date change was announced on Thanksgiving eve. "And in some areas, such as parts of Alaska and Louisiana, coastal flooding will likely force people to relocate".

On Wednesday amid plunging temperatures on the East Coast, he wondered in a tweet: "Whatever happened to global warming?"

The federal government report was released without fanfare Friday, when many Americans headed to the stores for the Black Friday sales.

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Study co-author Andrew Light, an global policy expert at the World Resources Institute, told The Associated Press that releasing the report on Black Friday "is a transparent attempt by the Trump Administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not only denying but suppressing the best of climate science".

During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report repeatedly declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump.

"Climate change 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", the report says.

Scientists pointed out for the president - again - that weather is not the same as climate.

The president announced past year his intention to withdraw the US from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

Instead, it asserts that warming is occurring, and it's largely caused by humans.


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