By Fredrica Syren:
2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the nation. As many people may have noticed, there was record heat across the U.S.; and the nation has experienced more droughts, wildfires, and unusually cold temperatures in some places. According to President Obama and a new White House report, these events are all consequences of global warming and this is just the beginning.
If nothing is done, things will go from bad to worse; even more effects of extreme weather are to be expected, putting
all humans, plants and animals at risk. The elderly, the sick and children are particularly at risk of suffering from the effects of climate change and global warming. This is the message of President Barack Obama’s second term effort to prepare the nation for the impacts of a changing climate which will result in rising sea levels and increasingly erratic weather. The report also includes how much this is effecting the U.S economy because cities and states across the U.S. already are spending lots of money to respond.
The report was created by more than 300 experts from thirteen departments and agencies, ranging from the Department of Agriculture to NASA, academics, businesses, nonprofit organizations and scientists. The goal of the report and President Obama’s statements is to ignite awareness of the need for government and communities to work together right now to battle climate change, and to convince political opposition who call the report nonsense that extreme weather comes with a huge cost that is hurting the nation’s economy. For example, $30 billion has been spent on droughts, $65 billion on the superstorm Sandy that hit the East Coast in 2012, and $2.3 billion on Hurricane Isaac.
The good news is that we still have an opportunity to reverse most of the damage. But it will require a lot of effort from everyone. The President plans to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare for the impact of climate change, and lead international efforts to fight and adapt to climate change. The administration is calling for immediate action to combat the threats from climate change in order to protect American citizens and communities today and to build a sustainable future.
To read the report click on link below.