Federal Climate Report Warns of Dire U.S. Impacts
The 13-agency assessment finds climate change will hit Americans hard, despite President Donald Trump’s dismissal of such warnings. Reportedly released unimpeded by that skepticism, the report says extreme heat, droughts, flooding, tropical disease-bearing insects and wildfires like those still burning in California will slow workers, stunt agriculture, curtail trade and shrink the economy before 2100, costing some $291 billion. The Midwest would be the hardest hit, suffering 2,000 premature deaths annually by 2090. The second of two volumes, Friday’s report says impacts could be mitigated by controlling emissions and subsidizing clean-energy research.