Impacts and Risks of Climate Change
A new government report outlining the impacts to the United States of global warming/climate change warns of extreme weather disasters worsening in the US. After many forms of research were gathered and the data analyzed, new findings and information paired with existing data cite that not only is this expected, but the trend that will follow has also been anticipated for years.
National Climate Assessment warns that warming-charged extremes “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread, or of longer duration” than any other weather patterns previously recorded. With $400 billion having been spent since 2015 due to damaging weather patterns, this federal report indicates that the last few years of damage have smashed existing records. “Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to an increase in large forest fires in the western United States and interior Alaska,” according to the aforementioned report.
It is predicted that weather events are anticipated to grow continually stronger and more intense by climate scientists.
“Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us,” according to reports studying specifically the effects of burning coal, oil, and gas has on the United States.
Due to climate changes, the lower 48 states have warmed 1.8 degrees on average since 1900, 1.2 degrees of that was within the last few decades. It is expected that by the end of the century, temperatures will have risen 3-12 degrees, depending on the releases of greenhouse gases.
Citing numerous studies, the new climate report says more than 90 percent of the current warming is caused by humans. Without greenhouse gases, natural forces. such as those provided by changes in energy from the sun, would be slightly cooling to Earth.