Trump has long said that climate change does not exist. But after 13 federal agencies released a scientific report on Friday, he might have to take that back.
The report states that humans are the cause of rising global temperatures which have beaten many historical records. In the past 115 years, temperatures around the globe have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This has led to extreme temperatures and record-breaking weather events. The pollution from cars, factories, and power plants, the forests that are destroyed, all manmade factors that contribute to climate change.
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The report is part of a mandate by Congress that is reviewed every four years known as the National Climate Assessment. Many experts within the government and scientists from the National Academy of Science colluded to produce one of the most definitive statements on climate change.
The White House released a statement stating that, “The climate has changed and is always changing, as the Climate Science Special Report states, the magnitude of future climate change depends significantly on ‘remaining uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth’s climate'” to greenhouse gas emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency has wiped their website of any reference to climate change and has also barred scientists from presenting their reports on the subject. The E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, claims that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to warming, this report clearly contradicts that statement.
Although the study has been developed since 2015, scientists were worried that the appointment of Donald Trump would lead to the report being blocked or buried.
Thanks to Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council and a firm believer in climate change, the report was approved despite fearing that its’ release would distract from the recent tax reforms being proposed by the Trump administration.
As it is in any political arena, the critics were quick to lash out. However, report’s findings were clear.
“This new report simply confirms what we already knew. Human-caused climate change isn’t just a theory, it’s reality,” said Michael E. Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University. “Whether we’re talking about unprecedented heat waves, increasingly destructive hurricanes, epic drought and inundation of our coastal cities, the impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. They are upon us. That’s the consensus of our best scientists, as laid bare by this latest report.”
Global Temperatures have beaten records for the past three years, and six of the last 17 years were the warmest years on record for our planet. Extreme weathers from floods to hurricanes to heat waves have costed U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.1 trillion since 1980. What’s worse is this may become more common in the coming years.
“The frequency and intensity of extreme high temperature events are virtually certain to increase in the future as global temperature increases,” the report notes. “Extreme precipitation events will very likely continue to increase in frequency and intensity throughout most of the world.”
In the United States, the report finds that every part of the country has been touched by warming, from droughts in the Southeast to flooding in the Midwest to a worrying rise in air and ground temperatures in Alaska, and conditions will continue to worsen.
“This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” the report states. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”
It’s difficult to stand by and watch as the people who run the world turn a blind eye to a real danger. This is something that could do more harm than anything else on the planet aside from nuclear war. But that being said, what can we do about it? If the government won’t listen let alone accept the truth that is right before their very own eyes, how can change happen?
To the generations that follow us, I am truly sorry for what we have done.