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US warns of wide climate impact, calls for action

Published on May 7, 2014 7:11 AM
 
Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm near Mendota, California on April 29, 2014. The White House called Tuesday for urgent action to combat climate change, saying in a major report that human-caused warming is already having a serious impact across the United States. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House called Tuesday for urgent action to combat climate change, saying in a major report that human-caused warming is already having a serious impact across the United States.

A four-year study by leading scientists warns of the risks of rising sea levels, droughts, fires and pest outbreaks if the world does not tackle the repercussions of greenhouse gas emissions.

“There are things we can do about it, but it’s only going to happen if the American people and people around the world take the challenges seriously,” President Barack Obama told US network CBS.

“We’ll end up saving money and lives in the long term.” Mr Obama’s assistant on science and technology, John Holdren, said the report – authored by hundreds of scientists from both the private and public sectors – showed that climate change is “not a distant threat.”

 
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