More than 20 federal agencies released reports on Thursday detailing the biggest implications offor all Americans and the agencies themselves. The reports, from a meeting in January by President Biden, show how climate change will affect nearly every aspect of daily life, and explain how each agency is preparing.
“By taking action now to better manage and mitigate climate risks, we will minimize disruptions to federal operations, assets and programs while creating safer working conditions for employees,” the White House said Thursday.
In 2020, the United States experienced a record 22 natural disasters with at least $1 billion in damage each, according to the Department of Education.
Last year was also one of the three hottest in recorded history, with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide emissions on Earth’s surface in at least 800,000 years, according to the. In addition, the planet experienced its highest global sea level last year, its highest average ocean heat content and the most tropical cyclones on record, according to the report.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in August that the unprecedented impacts of climate change areand called for “immediate action on energy”.
In the Agency’s 2021 Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans, 23 federal agencies warned that the effects of climate change are expected to continue to worsen in the near future.
The Department of Agriculture said forest fires and drought intensified by climate change reduce soil quality over time and impact pollinating insects. The Department of Homeland Security has warned of disruptions to migration patterns due to things like sea level rise, flooding and other extreme weather results. The Department of Health and Human Services has said climate change is having a “significant impact on human health and disease”, exposing people to new pests, posing physical safety risks and even negatively affecting health mental.
“Climate change is a crisis affecting communities across the United States,” the Department of Housing and Urban Development wrote in its report. “From severe storms and floods, to wildfires, drought and extreme heat, Americans are already feeling the effects.”
Many reports have also highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities.
“People who are already vulnerable, including low-income communities and other marginalized communities, have lower capacity to prepare for and cope with extreme weather and climate events and are expected to experience greater impacts,” the statement said. fourth national climate assessment, as mentioned by the Ministry of Education in its report. “Prioritising adaptation actions for the most vulnerable populations would contribute to a more equitable future within and between communities.
The reports outline how the agencies intend to combat the effects of climate change by developing contingency plans, strengthening worker and community protections, promoting fairness, developing stronger supply chains strong, achieving higher infrastructure standards and educating workers about the climate.
The plans were submitted to and reviewed by the National Climate Task Force, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget, the White House said.
The multi-agency reports are the first of their kind since the Obama administration released its own presidential climate action plan in 2013. Former President Donald Trump signed ain 2017 dismantling his predecessor’s environmental regulations, saying at the time that he wanted to get rid of “unnecessary regulatory hurdles”.
But shortly after taking office, Mr Biden signed off on a series of executive actions which he said were aimed at addressing the “deep climate crisis”. They included a requirement for key federal agencies to identify actions to address climate change.
“We have a tight time to continue our actions at home and abroad to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of this crisis and seize the opportunity presented by the fight against climate change,” Mr. Biden said. at the time. “Domestic action must go hand in hand with international leadership from the United States, aimed at dramatically strengthening global action. Together, we must listen to science and respond in the moment.”
Next month, the president is expectedat the annual UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.