Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the unsafe weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening. It warns that the danger of destructive weather events - from powerful storms to extremely dry weather and wildfires - is worsening.

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The report, released on Black Friday, warned that climate change could cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century and shrink GDP by some 10 percent.

Several of its authors say the National Climate Assessment was rushed to release weeks before it was to be unveiled at an annual conference of the American Geophysical Union.

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

The report notes, as evidence, that the already 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was 100 years ago and that the seas that surround the country are on average 9 inches higher and climbing.

The Trump administration chose to speed up release of the new report, which is required by law, putting it out on Black Friday instead of in December.

The U.S. president rejected the findings of the report, which was produced by over 300 prominent climate scientists and 13 federal agencies and departments.

According to the bombshell report, how the USA responds to greenhouse gas emissions will make a big difference.

"The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities", Easterling said during a conference call with reporters.

Around the same number (45%) said they think global warming will pose a serious threat to them or their way of life in their lifetimes in the March poll.

Despite the report, there is no indication that the Trump administration will alter its policies. He also pointed out that it focused on the climate change consequences that would be borne by the USA - even though it is a global problem.

Trump and several members of his cabinet have also repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change, arguing the causes and impacts are not yet settled.

An aerial photo shows damaged and destroyed homes after Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast in Mexico Beach, Oct. 12, 2018.

Despite the Trump administration's apparent attempt to bury the National Climate Assessment by releasing it the Friday after Thanksgiving, the overwhelming sense of urgency elicited by its alarming findings has been swift.

Natural disasters will become more frequent as a effect of climate change, the United States government has warned. Yet emissions worldwide continue to rise. "When will we quit?" is creating his own model by claiming fossil fuels are to blame for natural disasters, murder, and political backlash.

Under President Trump, the United States pulled out of the Paris-Climate agreement, which put America on track to reducing greenhouse gasses by 26% while handing over billions of dollars to the United Nations. "It addresses our country", he said. That's just weather. But climate is the overall, statistical, long term averages of those properties and changes.

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