Last week, while many Americans were scouring good deals on Black Friday, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released. Journalists, opinion columnists, and climate experts were quick to respond, despite the fact that the report was released during the holiday weekend. We’ve rounded up some articles and opinions on the report to help you try and make some sense of it all.
Here’s your CLIMATE UPDATE on the Fourth National Climate Assessment:
The Fourth National Climate Assessment [the U.S. Global Change Research Program]
The primary source itself! Even if you don’t have the patience to go through the entire report, the National Climate Assessment website provides summaries of the key findings.
The three most chilling conclusions from the climate report [The Atlantic]
In addition to highlighting the most upsetting findings from the report, the writer also makes note of the tone of the report:
“The report traces the effects climate change has already wrought upon every region of the United States, from nationwide heat waves to dwindling snowpacks in the West. In blunt and disturbing terms, it also envisions the devastation yet to come.”
The Guardian is exploring the major findings of the report each day this week, focusing on a different topic each day. First up: air pollution. The Guardian does a deep dive into this critical finding, explaining the implications of air pollution beyond smog in urban areas and smoke from wildfires. Here are their deep dives into the report’s key findings:
- The climate report Trump tried to bury – key findings No 2: some pollution action is far better than none
The Climate Won’t Crash the Economy (opinion piece) [Wall Street Journal]
A less alarmist reaction to the recent report states: “Headlines warned of economic doom … Yet a close reading of the report shows that the overall economic impact of human-caused climate change is expected to be quite small.”
The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial (opinion piece) [New York Times]
While the saying goes that “everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” for New York Times Opinion Columnist Paul Krugman, an economist and journalist who received the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, “denying science for profit, political advantage or ego satisfaction is not O.K.”
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