U.S. Efforts On Climate Change Expand, But Not Enough, Report Says

U.S. Efforts On Climate Change Expand, But Not Enough, Report Says

U.S. Efforts On Climate Change Expand, But Not Enough, Report Says

Natural disasters will become more frequent as a outcome of climate change, the United States government has warned.

The National Climate Assessment reaches similar conclusions to a recently released report from an global panel of distinguished scientists convened by the United Nations, which predicted that without greatly accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gases there is a strong risk that some of the more dire consequences of climate change could result as early as 2040.

The warning appeared to conflict with the rhetoric used by President Trump, who has frequently downplayed global warming and once dismissed it as a hoax engineered by the Chinese government.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump said that he had read some of the report, but that he does not believe it.

California is reeling from catastrophic wildfires...

"Right now we're at the cleanest we've ever been and that's very important to me".

According to the report, released Friday, "with continued growth in emissions at historic rates, 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 USA states". And that's very important to me. But if we're clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good.

Last year, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris deal to combat climate change, becoming the first country of 200 to do so.

"Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century", it said.

The effects will spill into global trade.

The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced and warn that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity.

A team of more than 300 experts produced the report.

He has also set in motion the process to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which is due to be completed in November 2020.

Unfortunately, instead of stepping up action as the science calls for, President Trump continues his full retreat on the issue of climate change, refusing to veer from his damaging head in the sand approach.

The most powerful man in the western world apparently.

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