"There is a weird contrast between this report, which is being released by this administration, and this administration's own policies", said Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center.
A new USA government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts on the health and economy of the country.
Shortly after the report's release, the White House dismissed the paper as inaccurate.
A NOAA spokeswoman said the report was "out earlier than expected" and was released ahead of two major scientific meetings on climate change in the coming weeks. Trump has argued that "raking" forests would mitigate wildfire risk, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has backed up the president's assertions, claiming that poor forest management was the real risk - not climate change.
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 U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment released today warns of dire changes by 2050, many irreversible, according to the first comprehensive climate study prepared entirely under the Trump administration, with costs threatening to reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually by the middle of this century.
"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.
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The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and before Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. According to the researchers, climate change is set to do more damage to the US economy by 2100 than the Great Recession ever did.
Genevieve Guenther, founder of EndClimateSilence.org, pointed to another possible factor: that the National Climate Assessment dropped a little over a month after a United Nations climate report that found we have basically a decade left to stave off climate change's worst impacts.
The new federal report lays out grim scenarios for each part of the country, including how changes in the amounts and timing of snow and rainfall is leading water stress.
The report also reiterated the officials" concerns regarding the "greenhouse effect", the gradual warming of the Earth's atmosphere associated with the anthropogenic generation of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other so-called "greenhouse gasses'.
"This demonstrates once again that Donald Trump is not an individual to be taken seriously on any topic, let alone matters as serious as climate change", Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, told HuffPost in an email.
Scientists pointed out for the president - again - that weather is not the same as climate.
Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings.