Latest climate change report predicts dire times for economy, environment

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The National Climate Assessment warns that extreme weather and climate-related events in the USA are worsening, and it reveals the economic and health toll of climate change.

The White House report quietly issued Friday, Nov. 23 also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump.

"Future risks from climate change depend. on decisions made today", the 4th National Climate Assessment said.

The National Climate Assessment, totaling more than 1,000 pages, warned of more powerful and longer weather disasters triggered at least, in part, by global warming.

"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.

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The Trump did not block the release of the report, a product of more than two years of work by more than 300 of the nation's leading scientists both in and outside of government, and is one volume of the National Climate Assessment, which the federal government is required by law to produce every four years. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of United States and how it impacts different sectors of the economy, including energy and agriculture.

"This report will weaken the Trump administration's legal case for undoing climate change regulations, and it strengthens the hands of those who go to court to fight them", said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and worldwide affairs at Princeton, as The New York Times quoted. "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.

"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 of many USA states", according to the report.

The officials said the content of the report was free from interference, but declined to directly answer several questions about whether the White House ordered the report to be released on Black Friday, a day when many Americans are disconnected with the news.

"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. It is written by outside scientists and officials from 13 federal agencies.

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In a statement released Friday, former Vice President Al Gore criticized the timing of the report's release.

A report released in October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading worldwide body evaluating climate change - said it could only be stopped if the world made major, and costly, changes.

Wired defines climate change as "the catch-all term for the shift in worldwide weather phenomena associated with an increase in global average temperatures".

These studies clash with policy under President Donald Trump. As a result, the region could potentially produce less than 75 percent of the corn it now produces, and lose more than 25 percent of its soybean yield.

But it said that projections of future catastrophe could change if society worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and "to adapt to the changes that will occur".

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