Buried on Black Friday, climate report still turns heads

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The latest National Climate Assessment concludes that without "substantial and sustained global mitigation, ' climate change will cause "growing losses to American infrastructure and property" and impede the 'rate of economic growth"; Ellison Barber reports.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the USA governments Global Change Research Program, was just released. The damning report, known as the National Climate Assessment, says that the consequences of climate change will leave no part of the US untouched and that the warming climate will increase wildfires, crumble infrastructure, worsen air quality, destroy crops and lead to more frequent disease outbreaks.

The report supplements a study issued past year that concluded humans are the main driver of global warming and warned of catastrophic effects to the planet.

The report noted the last few years have smashed United States records for damaging weather, costing almost 400 billion dollars (£312 billion) since 2015.

"I don't believe it", the president said of the report as he spoke to reporters outside the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter en route to political rallies in MS in the evening.

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". But reflecting some of the impacts that have been felt across the country in the past four years, some of the report's emphasis has changed.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of voters said the U.S. needs to be doing more to address climate change, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University in August, up from 57% who said the same in December 2015.

While the report said quick action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution could dramatically affect the state of the planet by the end of the century, numerous impacts the US will see in the next two decades appear irreversible.

President Trump tweeted out this week when NY expected it to be one of coldest Thanksgivings: "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"

Per multiple reports, the report was supposed to come out next month, but was instead pushed out the day after Thanksgiving, leading to much criticism that they were trying to slip it in during a holiday weekend.

Even a co-author of the study complained about the timing of the release.

The report was originally slated for a December release, but it was ultimately moved up with little explanation. The Democratic progressive doubled down on her call for a select committee on a Green New Deal while adding that "fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn't be writing climate change policy".

The paper is "largely based on the most extreme scenario, which contradicts long-established trends by assuming that... there would be limited technology and innovation, and a rapidly expanding population", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

One benefit the report may have, even despite a lack of media coverage, may be to weaken the administration's legal case to gut environmental standards, such as the freeze in federal fuel-economy rules, which is already being challenged in court.

Some fear that the ACE Rule will replace the Obama era Clean Power Plan (CPP) which was supposed to address the problems related to climate change.

"We know that our climate is changing".

The US government caught people off guard this week by issuing a grave warning about the future of life in North America (and the whole planet) while people were focused on discount shopping.

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