Climate change will severely affect United States economy

Government climate report warns of worsening U.S. disasters, contradicts Trump

The federal government on Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening.

The report, which was mandated by Congress and made public by the White House, is notable not only for the precision of its calculations and bluntness of its conclusions, but also because its findings are directly at odds with President Trump's agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth.

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

The Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, supplements a study issued previous year that concluded humans are the main driver of global warming, and warned of potentially catastrophic effects to the planet.

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"We are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life", said another co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.

The report was written with the help of more than a dozen USA government agencies and departments, and outlined the projected impacts of global warming in every corner of American society, in a dire warning at odds with the Trump administration's pro-fossil fuels agenda. "Communities of color and those on the front lines feel these impacts the hardest and we feel them first", Dr. Beverly Wright, the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, said in a press release.

"Annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century - more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US states", the report says.

The report's authors, who represent more than a dozen federal agencies, detail expected economic impact.

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"Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities", the report says.

In a statement released Friday, former Vice President Al Gore criticized the timing of the report's release. Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump antagonized climate scientists by tweeting, once again, that he believes cold weather disproves long-term trends of a warming climate. "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".

Another report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in October, warns that "severe economic and humanitarian crises" could strike around the world by 2040, according to The New York Times reports. It also says that more than 90 percent of current warming is caused by humans. "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".

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", said study co-author Andrew Light, an worldwide policy expert at the World Resources Institute.

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

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