White House warns of climate change

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, is concerned about the impact of warming temperatures due to climate change.

Climate change is here, warned the White House, with rising sea levels and chaotic weather. The announcement came on the heels of a negative National Climate Assessment update, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director John Holdren joined President Barack Obama in calling for action.

“This is not some distant problem of the future,” said Obama, and Holdren explained that pollution-caused climate change is “affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the economy.” Lives are at risk as well, not just from breathing bad air, but also from natural disasters like wildfires, floods, and drought.

The White House said that the recent report, produced by more than 300 experts over several years, confirms the need for “urgent action” in order to “protect American citizens and communities today…” However, some politicians are critical of the report, warning that if the government tries to restrict business with climate laws it could harm the economy.

Images courtesy of the White House.