"We must prepare for our climate future in spite of Trump". The Republican has sought to roll back Obama-era initiatives to slow greenhouse gas pollution in favor of fossil fuel interests.
The report's authors, who represent numerous federal agencies, say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans' health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country's infrastructure and natural resources.
The meeting on Thursday aimed to come up with a common stand on environmental issues ahead of the COP24 United Nations conference on climate change that is to be held in Katowice, southern Poland, in December.
The government's next update of the National Climate Assessment - due in four years time - will, she said, "gives us the opportunity to provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes".
And it's not just the effects at home.
"We are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life", said report co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University. "But the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur".
Nevertheless, such a best case-scenario will still leave Americans in a country where they are paying tens of billions of dollar more annually to address the fallout of accelerating climate change. Nearly two decades later, the assessment incorporates a grim accounting of actual damages, which in turn allows firmer projections of what's coming. "Any remaining debate on the reality of climate change is over", says Lou Leonard, SVP for climate change and energy at the World Wildlife Fund.
"How many wake-up calls do we need?" In general, about 90 percent of the northeast is built on infrastructure poorly suited to adjust to rising seas.
'ActNow.bot will make it easier than ever before for people to understand what actions they can take personally in the fight against climate change, ' explained the United Nations in a statement.
"We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves". And the area burned by lightning-ignited wildfires each year is expected to increase by at least 30% by 2060. Legacy power technologies, such as water-cooled power plants, will continue to work for decades, however, and will be less effective as temperatures make cooling sources too hot.
Anxious about your clothes shrinking in hot water? The quality and quantity of their crops will decline across the U.S. due to higher temperatures, drought and flooding.
While the new report does not make policy recommendations, it is created to be a scientific resource for leaders at all levels of government. The sector directly contributed $136.7 billion and 2.6 million jobs to the US economy in 2015.
The report said it was "very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent".
Sir David added: 'We all know climate change is a global problem - and for that it requires a global solution.
"Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to an increase in large forest fires in the western United States and interior Alaska", according to the report.
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Environmental groups have welcomed the report.
Air travel is a major challenge when it comes to tackling climate change. According to the report, American businesses rely so heavily on production and supply chains overseas that there wouldn't be an industry that goes unaffected.
The report is mandated by a 1990 law, and some experts believe the Trump administration's decision to release it on Black Friday was an attempt to hide these stark realities. And the administration has sought to downplay the significance of man-made climate change, scrapped a slew of regulations created to address the issue and changed the country's climate posture in the worldwide arena with a promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.