The United States is seeing a rise in sea levels, according to a new report released Thursday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The latest data also found that more than 60 percent of coastal US counties are expected to see sea levels rise by 2050, up from less than 30 percent in the previous report.
The report comes a month after a US Senate committee released a new climate report, calling for an immediate increase in greenhouse gas emissions and a shift to renewable energy.
The report, released Wednesday, found that emissions from the fossil fuel industry will cause a global warming increase of at least 6.6 degrees Celsius by 2050.
“The climate is changing, it’s happening faster than we can expect it to, but it’s not happening fast enough,” Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.
Va., told The Washington Post.
“The time is right to take urgent action to reduce our carbon footprint, and we’re not doing it.”
The report also warned that the world faces more extreme weather and rising sea levels that could affect the US economy, infrastructure and food security.
According to the report, the United States faces “the greatest risks of catastrophic weather and sea-level rise” from climate change.
It also found rising sea level will affect millions of Americans, as well as those who live along the coasts.
“We are already experiencing unprecedented flooding in the Gulf of Mexico, and if we don’t act, our cities and coastlines could become uninhabitable, said the report’s lead author, James Watson, a senior scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association.”
If we do not act now, the impacts will be felt for decades to come.
“The Trump administration has been pushing for the United Nations to take up a plan to limit greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.