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

Federal climate report warns of more weather 'weirding'

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"The findings in the Trump administration's NCA report show how the health and daily lives of Americans are becoming more and more interrupted because of climate change".

The fourth National Climate Assessment says that climate change is poised to reduce the USA economy by as much as 10 percent over the next 80 years, and warns that the changing climate will produce more extreme weather events, including wildfires and flash flooding.

The assessment's dire conclusions are at odds with President Trump's efforts to dismiss the threat of climate change and his administration's push to slash environmental regulations and allow more planet-warming pollution.

It says it could damage everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production and hurt the poor.

Rising seas and changing temperatures have the potential to drastically shape how people in the United States live - and where they live, according to scientists from across the U.S. government.

"No. No. I have a strong opinion: I want great climate, we're going to have that", he responded-as if one can command "great climate" by ordering it on Amazon Prime.

Gary Yohe, professor of economics and environmental studies at Wesleyan University, told Al Jazeera that there is a need for immediate action.

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"A warm, dry climate has increased the areas burned over the last 20 years", he said at a press conference Friday.

And Donald Wuebbles, a co-author from University of IL climate scientist, said, "We're going to continue to see severe weather events get stronger and more intense".

Trump has at times expressed skepticism that climate change is primarily caused by humans - a sentiment the report expressed in its first sentence.

Meanwhile, the report warned that even if major cuts are made to harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide and methane, the damage will linger for years. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. But if you start now with the other nine actions, your kids might be able to live in a better world.

The studies clash with policy under President Donald Trump, who has been rolling back Obama-era environmental and climate protections to maximize production of domestic fossil fuels, including crude oil, already the highest in the world, above Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

"As a climate scientist it is nearly surreal", she said.

He wrote: "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?".

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The report contradicts the views of US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denied climate change as a Chinese hoax.

"The decision to release this damning report when families are beginning to celebrate the holidays and newsrooms are short-staffed is a brazen attempt to bury the truth from the public that we must act now to move off fossil fuels and stabilize the climate", Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement.

Mr Trump previous 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 U.S. economy and provide little tangible environmental benefit.

Trump, as well as several members of his Cabinet, have also cast doubt on the science of climate change, saying the causes of global warming are not yet settled.

Most countries have signed the landmark agreement, instituted in 2015, "to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future", according to the United Nations Climate Change website.

"In light of the report's findings, it's critical that federal, state and local governments take aggressive action to protect U.S. residents by both reigning in emissions and helping communities adapt to the climate impacts that are now inevitable", said Brenda Ekwurzel, the director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists and one of the study's authors.

Thirteen government departments and agencies, from the Agriculture Department to NASA, were part of the committee that compiled the new report.

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