The Trump administration released a major new climate science report on Black Friday, which was produced with the consensus of scientists from 13 federal agencies and 300 leading scientists, concluding that climate change will interrupt the way people live day-to-day and result in “hundreds of billions of dollars” in annual losses to some economic sectors without radical actions taken to immediately curb global emissions.
“Global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 [degrees] from 1901 to 2016, and observational evidence does not support any credible natural explanations for this amount of warming,” states the report, which analyzes the effects of climate change by U.S. region. “Instead, the evidence consistently points to human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse or heat-trapping gases, as the dominant cause.”
“The warming trend observed over the past century can only be explained by the effects that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, have had on the climate,” the Fourth National Climate Assessment reads.
The global average temperature is at its highest temperature in history, sea levels have continued to rise, and extreme weather events have intensified and will continue to increase in frequency, the report warns. Flooding is expected to intensify along the U.S. coasts, where infrastructure and real estate is at risk of severe devastation, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in damage annually.
The report finds that under a worst-case climate change scenario, extreme heat would cause labor-related losses of an estimated $155 billion per year by 2090. In addition, coastal property damage in the U.S. from sea level rise and storm surge flooding could reach nearly $120 billion annually.
The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that the federal government release a report about global warming and climate change every four years.
The report comes days after President Trump continued to cast doubt on the scientific consensus that global warming and climate change are caused by human activity.
“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” Trump tweeted on Wednesday in advance of the bombshell report.
The report, which was originally set for release next month, was criticized for its surprise release on Black Friday, typically one of the slowest news days of the year.
“It’s an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled mega-fires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms,” said National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara in a statement, USA Today reported.
The report shines a light on those expected to be most impacted by the intensifying storms and weather patterns caused by global warming: poor and marginalized communities.
“Risks are often highest for those that are already vulnerable, including low-income communities, some communities of color, children, and the elderly,” it reads, citing multiple scientific studies. “Climate change threatens to exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities that result in higher exposure and sensitivity to extreme weather and climate-related events and other changes.”
Higher temperatures will also kill more people, the report says.
The Midwest alone, which is predicted to have the largest increase in extreme temperatures, will see an additional 2,000 premature deaths per year by 2090.