The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy.
Thirteen federal agencies including the National Academy of Sciences, the Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, and the National Science and Technology Council, along with university and commercial scientists were required by Congress to release the report, called the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
It's the second of two volumes.
While Gore has become one of the most prominent advocates for reducing carbon emissions and fighting to reduce the effect of climate change, the former vice president has not been immune from claims that his work is not as altruistic as it appears.
The new government report on climate change, which the Trump administration released quietly a day after Thanksgiving and two days after President Donald Trump tweeted skeptically about the existence of climate change, warns that the drastic human effects on the climate could cause thousands of Americans to die and cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars. Humans are living with the warmest temperatures in modern history. "Because Trump's actions are actively making it worse", he wrote, referring to climate change. Please do your part today.
Heat stress could cause average dairy production to fall between 0.60% and 1.35% over the next 12 years - has already cost the industry $1.2 billion from heat stress in 2010.
What's more, climate scientists say the report demonstrates that their models have been accurate.
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The study forecasts droughts in the Southwest that will curb hydropower generation and limit water supplies.
Ever since Trump took office, environmentalist groups have sounded alarms over the USA government's stance on the issue of anthropogenic climate change.
"Risks are often highest for those that are already vulnerable, including low-income communities, some communities of color, children, and the elderly", the report reads. "The longer you wait, the faster you have to respond and the more expensive it will be".
Dependable and safe water for Hawaii, the Caribbean and others are threatened by these rising temperatures. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the USA coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding.
However, he rejected the central warning in the National Climate Assessment, which said there will be hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by the end of the century due to climate change "without substantial and sustained global mitigation". The agreement requires countries to establish ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.
The Defense Department is trying to understand what risk climate change poses to security.
Several haters argued that Trump talking about weather did amount to a discussion on climate, but the temperature on a single day, even when observed over time, can not be compared to global warming.
But the difference now is that every other delegation will have the U.S. government's own dire climate assessment in hand when it comes time to discuss the importance of meeting carbon emissions targets and improving financing for climate adaptation. Agricultural productivity could reach levels last seen in the 1980s. "It's not enough to think it's 'important.' We must make it urgent".
Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected USA congresswoman who's already pushing for better and more aggressive climate action, was among Democratic leaders demanding action in the wake of the report's release. "The science is undeniable, let's fix it".