'I don't believe' government climate report finding

27 November, 2018, 06:37 | Author: Tracy Craig
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On Friday, a report released by 13 federal agencies revealed the lasting and harmful effects of climate change, including substantial damage to the USA economy. AAP The report often clashes with the president's past statements and tweets on the legitimacy of climate change science, how much of it is caused by humans, how cyclical it is and what's causing increases in recent wildfires. The U.S. military too, billions of dollars.

The report noted the last few years have smashed United States records for damaging weather, costing almost 400 billion dollars (£312 billion) since 2015.

The climate assessment is required by law every few years.

Without significant reductions in greenhouse emissions, the annual average global temperature could increase 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) or more by the end of this century, compared with preindustrial temperatures, the report says.

The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen USA government agencies and departments, stands in direct contrast with the Trump administration's pro-fossil-fuels agenda. It explains how the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is affecting different areas of the country and how this affects the US economy, including energy and agriculture. And, if the country fails to take decisive action, these scenarios promise to multiply, triggering an economic crisis twice as damaging as the Great Recession by the end of the 21st century.

Toxic algae blooms: The increase in intensity and frequency of toxic algal blooms has been linked to warming ocean temperatures, acidification and deoxygenation. He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

The report was created to inform policy-makers and makes no specific recommendations on how to remedy the problem.

"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been and it's very important to me", Trump said.

Dow falls almost 500 points, dragged down by Target and tech shares
On the other hand, The Dow and S&P 500 were up 1.2 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively, for 2018 entering Tuesday. ENERGY: Oil prices rebounded Wednesday as benchmark USA crude gained 2.3 per cent to $54.66 a barrel in NY .

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Scientists who worked on the report said it did not appear that administration officials had tried to alter or suppress its findings.

It's the second of two volumes; the first one, released in November 2017, concluded that there is "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases".

- Continued growth in Carbon dioxide emissions over this century and beyond would lead to an atmospheric concentration not experienced in tens to hundreds of millions of years.

The Trump administration has eased enforcement of several environmental rules enacted during the presidency of Barack Obama. In fact, Trump's 2016 presidential campaign pledge of reviving the country's coal industry is gaining momentum.

In mid-2017, the USA withdrew from the Paris climate change accord, the only country to have approved the historic accord then withdraw from it. Related: Could Oil Prices Fall To $40? He said the agreement would hurt the USA economy and said there was little evidence it would improve the environment.

The Associated Press and VOA News reported this story.

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