Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning

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Again, the rise of extreme events like wildfires, floods and storm surges poses the most immediate danger to public health and well-being.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House on November 26, 2018.

'With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century - more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US states, ' according to the report.

As California is grappling with the deadliest wildfire in its history, President Donald Trump's administration warns that such catastrophes could become more common and more severe as the climate continues to warm. An insurance industry group has ranked the Tampa Bay region as the most vulnerable USA metropolitan area to storm surge, with $175 billion in potential losses.

Some parts of the USA economy could suffer hundreds of billions of dollars in annual losses by the end of the century unless global greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced, the report finds. All told, climate change could trim off 10 per cent of US gross domestic product by the end of the century, according to the congressionally mandated assessment. More than 300 researchers in 13 US government offices and agencies prepared the report. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the US and how it impacts different sectors of the economy, including energy and agriculture. For instance, warming temperatures, droughts, and flooding in the Midwest will devastate crops, crippling farms across the region.

The report supplements a study issued past year that concluded humans were the main driver of global warming and warned of catastrophic effects to the planet.

"They grow things that we eat globally, so when we buy popcorn and when we go to buy bread or dairy, those are impacts on our bottom-line issues in our own homes".

The report avoids proposing policy changes. The Republican, who was just elected to the U.S. Senate, has denied the ban exists.

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"Trump is ignoring the alarm bells to protect our country from climate change, yet at the same time he is building sea walls in Scotland to protect his golf course from the rising sea, ' Brune said by email".

An aerial photo shows damaged and destroyed homes after Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida's northwest coast in Mexico Beach, Oct. 12, 2018.

"To better assess the potential future effects of climate change, we need to focus on improving the transparency and accuracy of our modeling and projections", spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

During an impromptu session with reporters as he was leaving the White House to campaign for Mississippi Sen.

Bunch claims Trump, who has overseen the greatest push toward energy independence through increased domestic oil and natural gas production, still "worships at the altar of 20th-century fossil fuels".

Reidmiller noted that since the last report came out four years ago, the nation has seen an increase in efforts by local governments to adapt to the changes wrought by climate change by raising highways above floodwaters and relocating important facilities away from the waterfront. He said the agreement would hurt the USA economy and said there was little evidence it would improve the environment.

- Washington Post, with additional reporting from Associated Press writer John Lemire. George Grow wrote the report for VOA Learning English.

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