New U.S. Climate Assessment Forecasts Dire Effects On Economy, Health

Al Gore blasts Trump for 'burying' climate report by releasing it on Black Friday

But he also said US attempts to respond to climate change will be counterbalanced by countries such as India and China aspiring to Western living standards.

"I often say weather is your mood, and climate is your personality", Shepherd tells Here & Now's Robin Young.

Because there are VERY few coincidences in politics, the decision to speed up the release of the report to the day after Thanksgiving - rather than, say, today - was clearly a move by the administration to cover up what they see to be bad news. Playing games with report release schedules won't change that.

How can @realDonaldTrump still think climate change is a "hoax"?

The report also said projections of damage could change if greenhouse gas emissions were curbed, although numerous impacts of climate change, like powerful storms, droughts and flooding, have already begun.

"In all seriousness, the willful denial and obfuscation by Trump on climate change is a crime against humanity".

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.

Those "tiny rays of hope" are Democrats who will be in the majority party in the House in January, including Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who backs the Green New Deal to put climate change as the top legislative priority.

The report, mandated by Congress, revealed a bleak future for the health, security, and economy of the United States.

"The president of the United States seems to be honestly believing that global warming means it never gets cold anywhere", Cooper said. "If you look around the globe over the past week, it's still relatively warm, so we have to be careful not to be so USA -centric or even northeast USA -centric in describing what's happening globally".

The report is a powerful rebuttal to several of the claims made by Trump or administration officials in the wake of California's most destructive wildfire, which has killed more than 80 people and burned 14,000 homes. Unless we start making some major changes - and soon - we face the very real potential of crossing the point of no return when it comes to the planet's warming, and the consequences that result from it. The Republican, who was just elected to the U.S. Senate, has denied the ban exists. We need some fast! "It's a moral imperative", said Hillary Clinton in a statement Monday.

Trump has long said he distrusts the consensus by almost all the world's respected climate scientists on the link between human activity and rising temperatures, as well as other damaging climate change phenomena. And that those changes in the climate produce more wild and unpredictable weather events, like tornadoes and fires.

Reidmiller noted that since the last report came out four years ago, the nation has seen an increase in efforts by local governments to adapt to the changes wrought by climate change by raising highways above floodwaters and relocating important facilities away from the waterfront. Even more damaging, with the Trump Administration's declared intent to withdraw from the Global Climate Change Agreement reached in Paris, we have abandoned the global leadership that helped gain meaningful commitments from China, India, Brazil, and other large carbon emitters.

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