Trump on Tuesday (NZT) rejected a central conclusion of the dire report on the economic costs of climate change released by his own administration.
"Future climate change is expected to further disrupt many areas of life, exacerbating existing challenges to prosperity posed by aging and deteriorating infrastructure, stressed ecosystems, and economic inequality", the report reads.
The analysis is an annual assessment mandated by Congress, and was compiled by government scientists. We speak with Kristie Ebi, a professor of global health at the University of Washington in Seattle and the lead author of the report's chapter on the human health impacts of climate change.
The Trump administration chose to speed up release of the new report, which is required by law, putting it out on Black Friday instead of in December. In the meantime, the US is still attending worldwide climate negotiations, but at next week's critical UN COP24 Summit in Poland US officials are set to focus on promoting "clean coal" to developing nations.
He said the report addresses the United States, but that it should have also looked at China, Japan and all of Asia.
He also seemed to push the blame to other nations, saying the United States is 'the cleanest we've ever been'. "But if we're clean but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good". "This report underscores what we are already seeing firsthand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now". And it's very important to me.
Breshears said that while the report wasn't meant to provide solutions, changes in human behavior can "help reduce the overall magnitude of the impacts". Experts widely agree that man-made climate change and hotter temperatures have severely exacerbated California's years-long drought, leaving a whopping 129 million dead trees and dry brush that serve as kindling for each new spark.
"It is no surprise that the fourth National Climate Assessment concludes that these climate-related impacts will only get worse and their costs will mount dramatically if carbon emissions continue unabated", said Ekwurzel, the director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the US, tree canopy increased by 15%.
Concern about climate change and global warming has gone up in the last few years - from 33% who said they worry a great deal about it in March 2013 to 43% who say the same now, according to Gallup.
An earlier portion of the climate change report was released in November 2017 and found "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases". Trump has repeatedly dismissed the unanimous conclusion of the country's intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help him and hurt Hillary Clinton.