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Trump on climate change report: 'I don't believe it'

Trump on climate change report: 'I don't believe it'

The report supplements a study issued a year ago that concluded humans are the main driver of global warming and warned of catastrophic effects to the planet.

Last year, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change, though the country can not do so until after the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has long said he distrusts the consensus by almost all the world's respected climate scientists on the link between human activity and rising temperatures, as well as other damaging climate change phenomena.

"So, to say that because it's cold this week [that's] a refutation of climate change, it's just flawed". Sea level rise will also cost an estimated $118 billion, and damages to infrastructure could total $32 billion, the report says. And report co-author Donald Wuebbles, a University of IL climate scientist, said, "We're going to continue to see severe weather events get stronger and more intense".

"The physical and socioeconomic impacts of compound extreme events (such as simultaneous heat and drought, wildfires associated with hot and dry conditions, or flooding associated with high precipitation on top of snow or waterlogged ground) can be greater than the sum of the parts (very high confidence)". The report is mandated by Congress, but it is the first to be issued in the Trump administration. "That being said, all hope is not lost, but we must act now".

The Lower 48 states have warmed 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) since 1900 with 1.2 degrees in the last few decades, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the report warned that even if major cuts are made to harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide and methane, the damage will linger for years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) serves as the administrative lead agency for the preparation of the report.

President Trump tweeted out this week when NY expected it to be one of coldest Thanksgivings: "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" The second volume of the fourth National Climate Assessment detailed the vast and potentially catastrophic effects of climate change on the environment and humanity should it continue unmitigated. Temperatures are still going up, and the odds of dangers such as wildfires in the West continue to increase.

The White House is downplaying the severe findings of the National Climate Assessment, a federal report released Friday that shows American life and prosperity will be increasingly at risk from global warming.

During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report repeatedly declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump.

The entire report can be viewed here.

"I don't believe it", the president said of the report as he spoke to reporters outside the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter en route to political rallies in MS in the evening.

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