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US faces intensifying climate crisis with damaging impacts, warns govt report

United States: The increasing climate change has become a serious concern for the world, especially the US, as it has permeated the daily lives of Americans. The harms caused by it are known to be “already far-reaching and worsening across every region of the United States,” according to the government report.  

The news agency AP underscored that the National Climate Assessment, which was released on Tuesday after four to five years, brought the details regarding the impact of climate change to a local level. Following the report was revealed, President Joe Biden criticized his predecessor and Republicans for increasing global warming.

Emphasizing that the disasters caused by the climate crisis cost the country around US$178 billion in 2022. “None of this is inevitable,” Biden was quoted saying as per AP.

He added, “Anyone who willfully denies the impact of climate change is condemning the American people to a very dangerous future. Impacts are only going to get worse, more frequent, more ferocious and more costly.”

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The research on Tuesday further explained that the United States has been facing the effects of climate change at the forefront. Accordingly, the US has been warming 60% faster than the world as a whole. According to the experts, this is the major reason that the nation has been dealing with weather disasters and might face bigger problems in the near future.

According to the reports gathered by the Associated Press, the Lower 48 states have witnessed a temperature increase of around 2.5 degrees (1.4 degrees Celsius), along with the warming of Alaska by 4.2 degrees (2.3 degrees Celsius), since 1970. The stats have been compared to the global average warming of 1.7 degrees (0.9 degrees).

The co-author of the study, Zeke Hausfather, as per AP, said that with the increasing heat waves, drought, wildfire and heavy downpours, “we are seeing an acceleration of the impacts of climate change in the United States.” He emphasized that it is not healthy.

What does the report have to say while explaining climate change?

As per the detailed explanation given by the report, climate change is “harming physical, mental, spiritual, and community health and well-being through the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events, increasing cases of infectious and vector-borne diseases, and declines in food and water quality and security.” The report has bluntly blamed the burning of coal, oil and gas.

The report further explained that this climate change has been affecting people’s security, health and livelihoods across every nook and corner of the nation. However, the most risked communities are minorities and Native Americans.

Region-wise division

Alaska: 

The region has witnessed a decline in snowpack, shrinking glaciers, thawing permafrost, disappearing sea ice and acidifying oceans. All these changes have brutally affected everything, from the growing season of the state to hunting and fishing. It has also raised questions about the relocation of the indigenous communities from the area. 

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Southwest:

Because of global warming, the average daily temperature of Phoenix reached up to 110 degrees for 31 consecutive summer days. The climate crisis has become the reason for more drought and extreme heat–reducing water supplies and increasing wildfires. 

Northeastern:

The cities in the region are more vulnerable to extreme heat, poor air quality, flooding and drought – causing risk to infrastructure. Natural disasters may also act as a threat to farming and ecosystems in rural areas. 

Midwest:

The crops and animal production in the region have been largely threatened by extreme drought and flooding. This disturbance can affect the food supply across the globe.

Northern Great Plains:

The region is prone to natural calamities such as drought and flooding – causing a decline in water resources and a threat to the economy-dependent crops, cattle and energy.

Visual Representative of Floods | Credits: Google

Besides this, the report underscored that approximately nine out of ten Americans (87 percent) had experienced any of the natural disasters in the span of five years, in the month of September.

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