National Climate Assessment: Climate change could hit Montana’s skiing, fishing economies hard

National Climate Assessment: Climate change could hit Montana’s skiing, fishing economies hard

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Montana Standard
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The day after President Donald Trump asked “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published its answer: Global temperatures are rising and can only be explained by human activity.

“This is expected to cause substantial net damage to the U.S. economy,” NOAA technical support director David Easterling said during a Friday conference call with reporters. “What happens after mid-century depends on global emission of greenhouse gases and earth’s response.”

The Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume IIpresented more than 1,600 pages of analysis, including specific regional chapters, of two scenarios of coming climate change. Both the business-as-usual and aggressive-response options forecast lasting harm to national infrastructure, water supplies, recreation, natural resource industries and human health.