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New government report reveals staggering economic and health toll of climate change

New government report reveals staggering economic and health toll of climate change”

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

Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars annually by 2050 unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major United States government report warned on Friday.

He continued: "It's really, frankly, quite shameful for a president who just came out to California and visited the devastation in Paradise, California, in Malibu, where towns have literally been just wiped off the map as a result of the extreme weather we're seeing from climate change". It warns of more, stronger, and longer 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 report co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University.

US President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, US, June 1, 2017.

Trump past year announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal agreed by almost 200 nations to combat climate change, arguing the accord would hurt the USA economy and provide little tangible environmental benefit.

That the White House opted to release the long-awaited update on climate change ― which Congress mandates the administration provide every four years ― on Black Friday, a popular shopping holiday the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, indicates it wanted fewer people to see the news about the findings. President Trump has been vocal in his skepticism about man-made climate change and the effects it is allegedly having both on temperatures and extreme weather events.

Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists and one of the report's authors, said the report made it clear that climate change was not "some problem in the distant future". It also details how people's health and different parts of the economy are being hurt.

"Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us", the report says.

The air pollution from wildfires combined with heat waves is a major future health risk for the west, the report says.

Trump seemed to take a knock at those calling for action over climate change this week, when he noted that a cold blast was set to hit the U.S.

The report also finds that the USA will be 3-12 degrees hotter by the end of the century, depending on how much greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere.

At the time, Mr Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage United States businesses and workers.

During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report repeatedly declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump. As the urgency of climate change continues to grow, leaders in other countries (as well as mayors and governors in the U.S.) have promised to double down on their efforts, largely leaving the US - and, by extension, Trump - by the wayside as the world adapts to changes driven by global warming.

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