6 May 2014, 19:58

Much spoken of climate change is by no means exaggerated–White House report

Much spoken of climate change is by no means exaggerated–White House report

A newly published White House report states the inevitable: boiling temperatures, frequent devastating floods, and raging wildfires signal climate changes are finally reaching Americans. The findings could hardly strike as surprising, but the credibility of the source of the data this time is of importance.

 

The exact wording is as follows: "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present."

The third National Climate Assessment, the result of four years of research by scientists and experts, was released on Tuesday, following last year’s preliminary version.

 

Agriculture and farming seem to be among the first to be noticeably affected, namely corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State, and maple syrup manufacturers in Vermont.

In the wake of the changes wildfires sweeping across the Southwest may account for an ordinary scene, likewise lengthened growing season in the Midwest, and tremendous heat waves and coastal flooding in the Northeast, according to the report.

Even Alaska will experience the hard effects, the report suggests. Glaciers are expected to shrink, putting the general public on alert about possibly scarce water supplies "for people and ecosystems."

The evidence of the climate-change being all human-induced is meanwhile in abundance, namely burning of fossil fuels and their ubiquitous use, oil fracking and many more, which couldn’t but cause erratic weather patterns. Extreme weather events registered in the past few years range from heatwaves that have swept through the West to similar bursts of cold weather, with latter having become less frequent. The natural causes seem to be ruled out altogether, the report saying if it had been for them general temperatures would have slightly fallen.

"Natural drivers of climate cannot explain the recent observed warming," the report states. "Over the last five decades, natural factors (solar forcing and volcanoes) alone would actually have led to a slight cooling."

In the statement researchers drew attention to the highest temperatures experienced in recent years by Americans, including 2012, which was the hottest year the continental United States has experienced. Moreoever, the report projects that temperatures will rise further 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit in years to come.

Some climate experts have long been demanding quick action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Notably, Greenpeace activists are increasingly weighing in on the debate, saying the steps taken by Obama’s administration are not sufficient. "His administration is ignoring the huge amounts of carbon pollution that would accompany the fossil fuel industry’s plan to export coal, liquefied natural gas and oil abroad," said Gabe Wisniewski, Greenpeace USA's climate and energy campaign director, in an email to NBC news. To prove the scope of the threat and how serious the debate it, the White House administration posted the following the other day on its official twitter account:

 

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