Revised EPA website increases climate change risks

Washington – After a lapse of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website in the United States exposing evidence of climate change, including rising temperatures, increased sea acidity, rising sea levels , The river includes floods, droughts, heat waves and forest fires. .

EPA unveils revamp Website on climate change indicator On Wednesday, calling it a “comprehensive resource” that presents clear and compelling evidence of climate change. The website was effectively suspended under President Donald Trump, who did not allow information to be updated on the site and who repeatedly disputed or mitigated the effects of climate change.

“No small town, big city, or rural community is unaffected by the climate crisis,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Wednesday. “Americans are closely watching and feeling the impact with regularity.”

Unlike Trump, President Joe Biden has described climate change as a potential threat to the planet and has made global warming the top priority of his administration. He led a virtual global summit on climate change from the White House last month.

The Biden administration revived the climate change website and added some new measures, drawing information from government agencies, universities and other sources.

Regan called the revised website “an important scientific resource that underscores the urgency for action on the climate crisis,” adding: “With this prolonged update, we now have a new set of additional data and indicators Those who show climate change. ” Clear, strong and extreme. and

Regan said that it is “essential that we take meaningful action” to address climate change.

New indicators indicate that 2020 was the second warmest year on record after 2016, and Arctic sea ice was the second shortest year on record last year.

President Joe Biden remarks about COVID vaccination on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the South Court Auditorium at the White House
President Joe Biden called climate change a threat to the planet’s existence.
AP Photo / Ivan Vuchi

The website also shows that heat waves are occurring more frequently across the United States, from an average of two heat waves per year during the 1960s to six per year during 2010.

The EPA stated that sea levels rose very high between 1960 and 2020, particularly in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast, where some reporting stations reported increases of more than 8 inches.

Coastal flooding is also frequent, especially along the eastern and Gulf Coast, while the average length of the growing season in the lower 48 states has increased more than two weeks since the beginning of the 20th century.

The EPA said it worked with partners from dozens of government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations to develop climate change indicators. Each indicator was reviewed by independent experts.

The revised site features climate change indicators and an overview of the effects of climate change on human health and the environment, as well as interactive data exploration tools with graphs, maps, and statistics.

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