Climate Change Report Sees Further Destruction if Unaddressed

By Free Radical

According to a new government report, climate change will make the fires that ravaged California a common occurrence.

According to a new government report, climate change will make the fires that ravaged California a common occurrence.

According to the fourth installment of the National Climate Assessment, climate change will continue to inflict extensive damage to U.S. infrastructure, ecosystems, health, and the economy. If it goes unabated, the highly destructive natural disasters such as the wildfires that have ravaged California will not only persist but grow in intensity and frequency.

“Climate change is already affecting every part of the United States, almost every sector of the United States, be it agriculture or forestry or energy, tourism,” says George Mason University professor Andrew Light, one of the report’s editors. “It’s going to hurt cities, it’s going to hurt people in the countryside, and, as the world continues to warm, things are going to get worse.”

Although wildfires on the West Coast are likely to increase, the southeastern United States is prone to experience similar infernos.

And though precipitation across the country has decreased, the report argues that sudden destructive deluges will be common as has been seen with hurricanes and flooding caused by rampant thunderstorms.

The report argued that continued climate change will cause higher incidents of respiratory problems and an escalation of disease carrying insects that thrive in warm weather such as mosquitos and ticks.

The report resolved that human beings act immediately to reverse these trends as climate change is man made.

The resolutions of National Climate Assessment, however, are in stark contrast with the Trump administration’s policies. Shortly after being elected, the president withdrew the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Trump has equivocated and not proclaimed his belief that climate change is in fact man made. Just recently, in response to the California wildfires, he attributed blame not on climate change but on forestry management.

Similarly, when asked about wildfires in August, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, posited “This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management.”

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