Published: Mon, November 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

White House plays down climate report's alarming findings

White House plays down climate report's alarming findings

The damning report, known as the National Climate Assessment, says that the consequences of climate change will leave no part of the USA untouched and that the warming climate will increase wildfires, crumble infrastructure, worsen air quality, destroy crops and lead to more frequent disease outbreaks.

The White House has reportedly organized a side event during the Katowice talks to celebrate coal and other fossil fuels, to be led by Wells Griffith, Trump's worldwide energy and climate strategist.

'Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts - and the Trump administration chooses the Friday after Thanksgiving to try and bury this critical USA assessment of the climate crisis, ' Gore said in a statement on Friday.

The paper is "largely based on the most extreme scenario, which contradicts long-established trends by assuming that... there would be limited technology and innovation, and a rapidly expanding population", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

"In light of the report's findings, it's critical that federal, state and local governments take aggressive action to protect U.S. residents by both reigning in emissions and helping communities adapt to the climate impacts that are now inevitable", said Brenda Ekwurzel, the director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists and one of the study's authors.

The report says the annual average temperatures have increased by only 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 118 years, though it says much of the change is concentrated in the period between 1986 and 2016. It also details how people's health and different parts of the economy are being hurt.

Alaska and Louisiana are singled out with scientists predicating coastal flooding is likely to force some residents to relocate.

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

Climate change is not a future-tense problem that's going to come if we don't address it with committees and new deals.

That is why it is called climate change. "That affects our jet stream pattern and counterintuitively might lead to more extremes on both sides - whether it be drought and flood, or cold and warm - because we get these higher amplitude wave patterns in the jet stream". "That means we have to focus on us", he said.

The report also reiterated the officials" concerns regarding the "greenhouse effect", the gradual warming of the Earth's atmosphere associated with the anthropogenic generation of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other so-called "greenhouse gasses'. "One day's weather, even the week's weather, doesn't say anything about climate, because climate is really the statistical properties of long-term weather".

The report, which is 1,600 pages long, isn't good news for the future of our planet-or the USA economy. But the Trump administration has signaled that the country will pull out of worldwide initiatives like the Paris climate accord, aimed at lowering global temperatures, claiming that these treaties have been unfair for the United States economy.

The cover image from the Fourth National Climate Assessment captures the August 2018 Howe Ridge Fire in Montana's Glacier National Park.

"There are no credible alternative human or natural explanations supported by the observational evidence", the report says.

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