Americans are anxious about climate change
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 27, 2018,
Nov 27, 2018, 0:34
"The report is a huge achievement for American science", Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic, and then goes on to ask why such important information was released "when most Americans care more about recovering from Thanksgiving dinner than they do about adapting to the grave conclusions of climate science".
"Because several GHGs, in particular carbon dioxide, reside in the atmosphere for decades or longer, many climate-influenced effects are projected to continue changing through 2050, even if GHG emissions were to stop immediately", said the report.
"This report underscores what we are already seeing first-hand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now", Abigail Dillen of Earthjustice said. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the United States and how it impacts different sectors of the economy, including energy and agriculture. "That being said, all hope is not lost, but we must act now".
Despite the Trump administration's apparent attempt to bury the National Climate Assessment by releasing it the Friday after Thanksgiving, the overwhelming sense of urgency elicited by its alarming findings has been swift. Prepared by hundreds of scientists and officially made public on November 23, the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment focuses on "Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States".
Attenborough to represent "the people" at United Nations climate talks.
The report said it was "very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent". "That affects our jet stream pattern and counterintuitively might lead to more extremes on both sides - whether it be drought and flood, or cold and warm - because we get these higher amplitude wave patterns in the jet stream".
The National Climate Assessment is mandated by law every few years and is based on more than 1,000 previous research studies and written by outside scientists and officials from 13 federal agencies.
Then there was this from the report: "Global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 [degrees] from 1901 to 2016, and observational evidence does not support any credible natural explanations for this amount of warming". The Democratic progressive doubled down on her call for a select committee on a Green New Deal while adding that "fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn't be writing climate change policy".
Instead, it asserts that warming is occurring, and it's largely caused by humans.
What's more, climate scientists say the report demonstrates that their models have been accurate.