Climate change may cost USA hundreds of billions a year

Climate change may cost USA hundreds of billions a year

A massive federal report says climate change is contributing to larger wildfires as well as other deadly extreme weather.

Washington D.C. [USA]: A climate report released by the White House warned of grim consequences due to climate change.

Climate change will have a far-reaching affect on the U.S. if more is not done to combat it, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The document's release was important in tackling a misconception by Americans that the changing climate doesn't harm them personally, instead "showing how climate change is already affecting each one of us, whether we live in Texas or Minnesota or Hawai'i or Florida", said Hayhoe, the Texas Tech climate scientist.

The White House report, issued on Friday (Saturday AEDT), also frequently contradicted President Donald Trump. "That's why we need a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, and why fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn't be writing climate change policy". Rising growing-season temperatures in the region are projected to be the largest single factor contributing to declines of USA agriculture production.

The idea is to raise more awareness ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, taking place over the first couple of weeks in December. Changing temperatures will also expand the geographic range of disease-carrying insects like ticks and mosquitoes, leaving more people at risk of getting Lyme disease, Zika, West Nile, and dengue.

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Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major USA government report warned on Friday. "The Bush, Obama and now Trump Administrations have all published reports showing the current and future impacts to the United States from climate change".

But despite these ominous predictions, Light said the report gives us reasons for hope as well. The report suggests that by 2050, the country could see as much as 2.3 additional degrees of warming in the continental United States. A scenario with dramatically less pollution could slash projected losses in 2090 by 48 percent ($75 billion) a year in labor costs, 58 percent ($80 billion) in heat-related deaths and 22 percent ($25 billion) in coastal real estate, according to the report. But if we continue business-as-usual (and don't change our energy or agriculture systems to emit less heat-trapping greenhouse gases), the average temperature could go up by as much as 11 degrees by the end of this century.

"Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?". Legacy power technologies, such as water-cooled power plants, will continue to work for decades, however, and will be less effective as temperatures make cooling sources too hot.

Using the hashtag #ClimateFriday, environmentalists worked to overcome the Trump administration's attempt to hide the NCA4 amid the chaos of the holidays by highlighting the report's findings and stressing its dire implications if ambitious and global climate action is not taken.

Given that history, some of the hundreds of scientists and federal officials who spent months working on the detailed document were frustrated, but not surprised, that the administration chose to release it on the day after Thanksgiving - typically one of the slowest news days of the year. "But the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur".

"There are no credible alternative human or natural explanations supported by the observational evidence", the report says. And the administration has sought to downplay the significance of man-made climate change, scrapped a slew of regulations created to address the issue and changed the country's climate posture in the worldwide arena with a promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

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