Climate Change – Scientists Continue to Warn About Effects

A partnership of different scientific groups sent a letter to the Congress on Tuesday as they urge lawmakers to accept, as well as address the threat that is climate change. There are a total of 31 organizations within the coalition, all of which have signed the letter. These organizations include the American Meteorological Society, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Public Health Association, the American Chemical Society, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Climate Change - Scientists Continue to Warn About Effects

Scientists Urge Congress to Accept and Address the Threat That is Climate Change

The partnership of the numerous scientific organizations highlight that a “vast body of peer-reviewed science” states that climate change is definitely happening. Furthermore, they also state that humanity’s industrial air pollution is the “primary driver” and that “it is having broad negative impacts on society, including the global economy, natural resources, and human health.”

“For the United States, climate change impacts include greater threats of extreme weather events, sea level rise, and increased risk of regional water scarcity, heat waves, wildfires, and the disturbance of biological systems,” the letter states about climate change. “To reduce the risk of the most severe impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must be substantially reduced. In addition, adaptation is necessary to address unavoidable consequences for human health and safety, food security, water availability, and national security, among others.”

It also follows years of previous warnings from researchers pertaining to the dangers of the threat. CEO of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science Rush Holt stated the following in a blog post: “we must not delay, ignore the evidence, or be fearful of the challenge. America has provided global leadership to successfully confront many environmental problems, from acid rain to the ozone hole, and we can do it again.” Holt is a former member of Congress.

There are more than half of the Republicans in Congress deny and even question the research that humans are, even at the very least, responsible for climate change. This is in accordance to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress advocacy group. To recall, it was back in 2015 when it was the warmest on record, according to the United Nation’s World Meteorological Association, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The organizations predicted that extreme and warmer weather, more than the average temperatures found in the United States, will take place in spring between the months of April and June.


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