Factsheet: National Climate Assessment Report explained, impact for Latinos

Today the White House U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the fifth National Climate Assessment report, the nation’s most important report on climate change science and its consequences. Every four years this report, produced by federal and independent scientists, evaluates the seriousness of the climate threat and the impact of global warming. This year one of the most significant conclusions of the report is that the climate actions led by the United States are having an impact in decreasing the emissions responsible for climate change. However, concurrently, there is an increase in risks and the exacerbation of social inequalities affecting communities of color, such as Latinos, directly attributable to climate change.

The United States has made significant progress in the fight against climate change. The Clean Energy Plan led by President Biden is significantly expanding clean energy, and lowering its cost, while also decreasing energy costs for working families. 

The report states that global warming caused mostly by the burning of oil, gas, and coal is raising average temperatures in the United States faster than the rest of the planet. 

Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color, amplifying social and economic inequities.