The White House’s Report on Climate Change Is Intense

This morning, the White House released its annual National Climate Assessment, a report written and corroborated by more than 300 climate scientists and technical experts. The findings are pretty intense, determining that “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” The report found, among other things, that 43 of the lower 48 U.S. states have set at least one monthly heat record since 2010, sea levels are expected to rise between one and four feet by the end of this century, winter storms have increased in intensity and frequency, and the past decade was warmer than every previous decade in every part of the country. In a statement, the White House said that “the findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids” …

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