The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a “comprehensive” climate change report for the first time since 2017 after being delayed by the Trump administration.
EPA has relaunched on May 12 its Climate Change Indicators website after not being updated under the administration of former President Donald Trump, who has sometimes referred to climate change as a “hoax.”
The website “presents compelling and clear evidence of changes to our climate” that have impacts on human health and the environment, EPA said in a statement.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan called the website “a crucial scientific resource that underscores the urgency for action on the climate crisis.”
“With this long overdue update, we now have additional data and a new set of indicators that show climate change has become even more evident, stronger, and extreme – as has the imperative that we take meaningful action,” Regan further said.
The report indicated that frequency of heat waves across the U.S. “has increased steadily.”
Tidal flooding is also occurring more frequently along the East and Gulf Coasts as sea level rose along much of the U.S. coastline, notably the Mid-Atlantic coast and parts of the Gulf Coast, between 1960 and 2020, according to the report.
According to Regan, Americans are experiencing the impacts of climate change “with increasing regularity,” noting that the country is warming faster than the global average.
“We will move with a sense of urgency because we know what’s at stake,” Regan said at a press conference.
“We know that tackling the climate crisis is the single best opportunity we have to strengthen our economy, to put people back to work and to build a healthier, more equitable environment for our communities across America,” Regan further said.
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