The National Climate Assessment, a compilation of scientific knowledge and predictions of climate change impacts on American life was released by the Biden administration last week. The report, which is reviewed by hundreds of scientific experts, is the fifth of its kind.
The report concluded that climate change will impact almost all aspects of life including food, the economy and culture heritage.
“Anyone who willfully denies the impact of climate change is condemning the American people to a very dangerous future,” President Biden said. “The impacts we’re seeing are only going to get worse, more frequent, more ferocious, and more costly.”
The report said that extreme heat across the United States is one example of the impact of climate change. It referenced that “global temperature has increased faster in the past 50 years than in the past 2,000 years,” Causes.com reported. This extreme weather is said to effect every region in the nation with sea level rise, flooding, severe hurricanes and tornadoes, heat waves, and drought.
National Climate Assessment found greenhouse gas levels to be at their highest, while sea level rise “was faster than in any other century in at least the last 3,000 [recorded] years.” The impacts of climate change will also impact agriculture systems. Scientists warn that climate change will “make food less available and more expensive,” which will “disproportionately affect the nutrition health of women, children, older adults, and low-wealth communities.”
“Despite an increase in adaptation actions across the country, current adaptation efforts and investments are insufficient to reduce today’s climate-related risks and keep pace with future changes in the climate,” the report said.
Read the National Climate Assessment here.