White House issues stark warning on climate change

The White House has called for urgent action to mitigate the affects of climate change, in its third National Climate Assessment.

This picture, showing the snow on the Sierra Nevada mountain range is said to be one of the images prompting the urgent tone of the report. Credit: NASA/NOAA

It its starkest warning to date, the Obama administration said the effects of climate change are already being felt, and already costing money. The report said:

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present."

The report has be called a "game changer" as it details, for the first time, the predicted effects on different regions: Residents in the northeast coast could face bigger storm surges and flooding, whilst the southwest of the country is likely to confront more wildfires and severe water shortages.