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White House pushes climate change efforts

Published on May 6, 2014 5:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House will focus this week on its efforts fighting climate change as a new environmental assessment is released, an official said on Monday, amid pushback from a reticent Congress.

The president will give televised interviews with various meteorologists on Tuesday to discuss the findings in the third US National Climate Assessment, said special advisor John Podesta.

The assessment “will be the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information ever produced about how climate change is going to impact all regions of the United States and key sectors of the national economy,” Mr Podesta said Monday during a daily White House press briefing.

Drought in the state of California, prairie fires in Oklahoma and rising ocean levels on the east coast, particularly in Florida, are all examples of its effect on the environment, he said.

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