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Federal report links climate change, extreme weather

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/26/18, 10:50 am

A government report on climate change released Friday said global warming is contributing to extreme weather in the United States. Outside scientists and officials from 13 federal agencies wrote the report, which is mandated by law every four years. This year’s analysis said extreme weather events “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.” The report warned that the negative effects of climate change could cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars. But the White House said in a statement that the authors based their conclusion on an extreme model of climate change, and the next report would be more balanced.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • austinbeartux's picture
    austinbeartux
    Posted: Mon, 11/26/2018 04:37 pm

    Does anyone else partly believe the report, but at the same time feel skeptical about ulterior motives from the authors and agencies, e.g. politically movitvated, job funding, career advancement, fear of being attacked by other scientists if they don't agree?

  • MikeD
    Posted: Mon, 11/26/2018 08:10 pm

    That, and the assumption that any warming is by definition human-caused. There is inadequate (in my mind) research to identify purely natural causes, which humanity may be able to mitigate but does not have to be blamed for.

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