Scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment on Friday-a detailed report that outlines the current state of the planet and what its future looks like. It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming. Damaging weather alone, it says, has cost the USA almost $400 billion since 2015, and those costs are only expected to increase. Fewer Republicans (one third) said more should be done about climate change, and another third of Republicans thought that the United States is doing enough to address climate change.
The report is mandated by law.
"In Alaska, a tribal health organization is developing adaptation strategies to address physical and mental health challenges driven by climate change and other environmental changes", the authors write.
"All told, the report says, climate change could slash up to a tenth of gross domestic product by 2100, more than double the losses of the Great Recession a decade ago". It'll be especially costly on the nation's coasts because of rising seas and severe storm surges, which will lower property values.
What makes the report different from others is that it focuses on the United States, then goes more local and granular.
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Gore said he hoped the report would push Trump to take action to tackle climate change. "That affects our jet stream pattern and counterintuitively might lead to more extremes on both sides - whether it be drought and flood, or cold and warm - because we get these higher amplitude wave patterns in the jet stream".
The report, which is 1,600 pages long, isn't good news for the future of our planet-or the US economy.
The report was the work of three hundred federal and non-federal scientists and experts from across a variety of federal agencies. It was originally scheduled for December. One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by worldwide delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 conference on climate change in Katowice, Poland, which begins on December 3.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" as some Americans faced the coldest Thanksgiving in over a century.
Friday's report seemed to anticipate such comments, saying: "Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity ..." Since Trump dismissed the notion of global warming, the fate of multi-million-dollar government contracts and programmes has been up in the air, while the debate of whether or not man-made climate change is real continues.
The president, asked about the catastrophic economic consequences predicted by the recent National Climate Assessment, said, "I don't believe it".