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Climate Report: More Disasters, Bigger, More Costly, More Destruction, Lasting Longer

Latest U.S. climate report has little to cheer about.

I think by now, most climate change deniers no longer read my blog. Even in the last 30 days I got a critique on how my political views were reflected in what I write about and then “more about how the climate is all about ‘climate variability’ [my words] and not based on human actions.” I guess I've fallen into the grasp of the United Nations cabal seeking to ... do all manner of things to usurp our freedoms to pollute here in the USA.

For the more science-based readers:

See this Washington Post article, “Climate change threatening ‘things Americans value most,’ U.S. report says.”

In summary, it says, “‘The things Americans value most are at risk,’ the National Climate Assessment authors, who represent a broad range of federal agencies, write in the draft report. ‘Many of the harmful impacts that people across the country are already experiencing will worsen as warming increases, and new risks will emerge.’”

I found this factoid surprising:

“‘Over the past 50 years, the U.S. has warmed 68 percent faster than the planet as a whole,’ the report finds, noting that the change reflects a broader global pattern in which land areas warm faster than the ocean, and higher latitudes warm more rapidly than lower latitudes. Since 1970, the authors state, the continental United States has experienced 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit of warming, well above the average for the planet.

“‘The United States — exclusive of Alaska — is warming about two-thirds faster than the planet as a whole,’ said Zeke Hausfather, a research scientist at Berkeley Earth.”

On the disaster side of things:

“The study highlights how the frequency of billion-dollar disasters has now increased from once every four months in the 1980s to once every three weeks in the present. It finds that the United States is experiencing some of the most severe sea-level rise on the planet. ‘They are not slowing down’: The rise of billion-dollar disasters

“And it details the ever greater certainty that rainfall and heat extremes are proliferating, as are damaging wildfires and crippling floods.”

Here’s a link to the report, but you do need to register since it is still out for comment: United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Review and Comment System.
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