US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of devastating effects from climate change.
Asked outside the White House about the findings that unchecked climate change would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: “I don’t believe it.”
The report found that global warming will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health.
The Trump administration has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda.
Mr Trump said outside the White House on Monday that he had seen the report and “read some of it”.
What did the report say?
The US climate assessment outlines the potential impacts of climate change across every sector of American society.
“With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century – more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US states,” the report says.
“Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century.”
The report notes that the effects of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, including more frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events.
But it says that projections of future catastrophe could change if society works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “to adapt to the changes that will occur”.