The U.S. Global Change Research Program published their Fourth National Climate Assessment in November. The report was released the day after Thanksgiving, and its findings run counter to the Trump Administration’s public statements on the subject of climate change.
According to the report, “Climate change threatens the health and well-being of the American people by causing increasing extreme weather, changes to air quality, the spread of new diseases by insects and pests, and changes to the availability of food and water.” The report also states that “Human health and safety, our quality of life, and the rate of economic growth in communities across the U.S. are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”
The U.S. Global Change Research Program is a multi-agency federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment, both human and natural, and their impacts on society.
For more information about this report, please follow the links below.
Fourth National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Trump Administration Quietly Releases Intact 13-Agency Climate Change Report, Government Executive
What’s Trump hiding in the climate report? That global warming’s effects are here, The Guardian
US government report says climate change exacerbating disasters, Al Jazeera
For more on this topic, read the “Strategic Defense Impacts of Climate Change: An Interagency Challenge” by Wendell Chris King in the latest edition of the InterAgency Journal.