White House Quietly Releases a Comprehensive Climate Assessment Report

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 1, 2018

The 2018 Emission Gap Report - released on Tuesday by the U.N. Environment - includes a segment that attacks people who do not accept climate change as a pressing issue.

The Emission Gap Report follows two other major environmental studies - one by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and another one by the Trump administration.

"I've seen it, I've read some of it, and it's fine", he said at the White House this week. But if we're clean and every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good.

He further added, "You look at our air and our water and it's right now at a record clean".

Morning Shift checks in with Jim Angel, Illinois' state climatologist, about how the Midwest - particularly Illinois - -could be impacted by increasing climate change.

This may refer to an oft-cited Newsweek article titled, "The Cooling World", or a 1974 Time magazine story titled, "Another Ice Age?" the Post wrote, failing to note this was a common theme accepted by climate scientists across the board for decades.

It concludes that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying cross the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising.

"These impacts are projected to intensify-but how much they intensify will depend on actions taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the risks from climate change now and in the coming decades". While Americans are responding in ways that can bolster resilience and improve livelihoods, neither global efforts to mitigate the causes of climate change nor regional efforts to adapt to the impacts now approach the scales needed to avoid substantial damages to the United States economy, environment and human health and well-being over the coming decades. It is affecting all of us no matter where we live.

"Researchers who have reviewed this period have found that while such ideas were indeed afoot at the time, there was "no scientific consensus in the 1970s" about a global cooling trend or risk, as there is today about human-caused climate change". Additionally, the more climate changes, the more serious and even more unsafe the impacts will become.

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