13 federal agencies released a climate assessment this past Friday. The report talked about the consequences the United States could face if something isn’t done to turn around climate change. This report was mandated by Congress, released by the White House, and it comes out every four years. This climate assessment also includes the same information from the last climate assessment issued four years ago in 2014.
One of those same findings from this climate assessment and the one released in 2014 talks about temperature of the earth going up.
The report consisted of 1,656 pages. The assesment talked about everything from wildfires to the economy, health, and of course the environment. The report also mentioned crop failure in the Midwest and crumbling infrastructure in the south.
The 1,656 assessment found that wildfires could spread to the southeast as they become more severe and frequent.
There was one thing that really stuck out from this report. Scientist found the changing climate could take away, up to 10% of the United States gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100. The New York Times said this could “more than double the losses of the Great Recession a decade ago.”
This report being released during a presidency that doesn’t think climate change is happening. The president has even said that he wanted to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
The Paris Climate agreement was an agreement where 195 nations signed to cut carbon emission, lower greenhouse gasses, limit temperature increase, combat climate change, and etc.
The deal was made during the Obama administration in 2015. Fox News reports, In 2017, 147 countries ratified the agreement.
The report noted that “High tide flooding is now posing daily risks to businesses, neighborhoods, infrastructure, transportation, and ecosystems in the Southeast.”
CBS News reports, “Climate change is also projected to increase the frequency and severity of allergic illnesses, including asthma and hay fever. And it will alter the geographic range and distribution of disease-carrying insects and pests, exposing more people to ticks that carry Lyme disease and mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and dengue, with “varying impacts” across regions.”
The report mentioned that changing climate could impact agriculture. The assessment said “Expect increases in challenges to livestock health, declines in crop yields and quality and changes in extreme events in the United States and abroad.”
Infrastructure damage will cost the United States $32 billion dollars, on top of $141 billion dollars from heat-related deaths, plus $118 billion dollars from sea level rises, and other things the report stated.
The report highlighted a worsening drought in the southwest as well. The threat of more people dying from heatwaves as they become more common. Plus, Alaska losing ice could create flooding in coastal communities and cause people to relocate.
Besides the earth warming up, another thing that has come under some heat is the time the report was released but one person said it’s not as important as the actual report itself. The Washington Post reported that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokesperson, Monica Allen, said “It’s not as significant as the content of what’s in the report.”