The White House released a major report on climate change on Tuesday, warning of global warming-related problems that are already affecting ordinary Americans and calling for more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids,” the White House said in a statement.
The assessment represents the most comprehensive review of climate impacts in the U.S. in over a decade, with contributions from 13 federal agencies and more than 300 scientists and experts, as well as input from the business community.
Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune called the report “a wake-up call that we simply cannot afford to sleep through yet again.
“American families are already paying the costs of the extreme weather and health risks fueled by the climate crisis,” he said. “The toll on our health, our communities, and our economy will only skyrocket across the country if we do not act.”
But some conservative groups reacted with skepticism. The libertarian Cato Institute wrote in a blog post that the report “overly focuses on the supposed negative impacts from climate change while largely dismissing or ignoring the positives from climate change.”
Specifically, Cato argued that increasing temperatures decrease people’s sensitivity to heat.
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SOURCE: National Geographic