Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars

Government climate report warns of worsening U.S. disasters, contradicts Trump

The report, which is mandated by law, "concludes that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising".

Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities, according to a long-awaited report released Friday by the federal government.

"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 U.S. states", the report states.

The air pollution from wildfires combined with heat waves is a major future health risk for the west, the report says. He said the deal hurt United States economy.

"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.

"We are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life", said report co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.

Report co-author Donald Wuebbles, a University of IL climate scientist, said things will just get worse from here.

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What makes the report different from others is that it focuses on the United States, then goes more local and granular. The area burned across the western USA from 1984 to 2015 was twice what it would have been if climate change had not occurred, according to analyses cited in the report.

The United States already warmed on average 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless fossil fuel use is dramatically curtailed, scientists from more than a dozen federal agencies concluded in their latest in-depth assessment.

"No matter how hard they try, the Trump administration can't bury the effects of climate change in a Black Friday news dump - effects their own federal government scientists have uncovered", Sen.

By the end of the century, the USA will be 1.6 to 6.6C hotter depending on how much greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, the report warns.

The findings, which come as part of a long-planned report, underscore the reality of climate change during the Trump presidency: the President may not believe in climate change or understand the science behind it, but he can not control it or its political, economic and scientific consequences.

Earlier this week Trump mocked climate science, tweeting about cold weather in the Northeast and asking "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase". Report director David Reidmiller said questions about the timing were "relevant", but said what was in the report was more important.

It found that climate change is already impacting the planet, including more frequent and more powerful storms, droughts and flooding.

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