The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned of a “lemon-like” “climate change” threatening the country, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
The memo, obtained by the news agency, is dated Feb. 1, 2021, and was written by the director of NOAA’s Office of National Climate Change, Michael Mann.
It warned that the “climate is changing faster than previously anticipated,” adding: “It is clear that there is a threat of a climate-related catastrophe.
This is the first time in the history of our species that such a threat exists.”
The memo warned that “a climate-induced climate crisis is imminent” and that the U.S. must be prepared.
The National Weather Service has also issued an alert saying the atmosphere is “extremely hot and dry” and warning that it is “unprecedented in its severity and intensity.”
The National Climate Assessment issued by NOAA on Feb. 11, 2021 warned of “catastrophic impacts to the U of S” from the “continued warming of the global atmosphere.”
The agency also warned that sea surface temperatures will rise at an accelerated rate due to the continued increase in CO2 emissions.
NOAA said in a statement that the memo “undermines the argument that the world’s climate is stable or that the human impacts are minor.”
The draft memo was sent to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon’s senior civilian administrator for climate change, on Feb, 1, as well as to the National Security Council.
“The draft memo has no scientific basis, is unverifiable, and does not reflect the views of the agency or its scientists,” the statement said.
The draft memorandum, titled “The Threat of a Climate Change Climate Crisis,” warns that climate change poses “an extremely serious threat” to the United States, and “requires the full range of actions the administration takes to respond to this threat.”
The document says that “the United States has a history of using science to solve difficult problems” and the “United States has already addressed the threat posed by climate change in the U,S.S., by enacting laws and regulations.”
It adds that the United Kingdom has already passed legislation, the Uthandil Islands Act, that would require a carbon tax to pay for a carbon-free energy system.
It also cites the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, which allow the federal government to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the Clean Air Act, the federal law that requires air quality and air pollution to be regulated.
The NCEP says it will “continue to work with Congress and the President to address climate change as part of our national security strategy.”
The NOAA memo, dated Feb, 2020, comes on the heels of an October letter from the director for the U and S Climate Leadership Office, Michael F. Mann, and another memo, written by Mann and circulated among other senior officials, that warned that climate disruption is “a looming threat” and “could have catastrophic consequences for the future of the U.,S., and the world.”
NOAA also said in an email to Bloomberg News that “there is no indication of any imminent threat of severe damage to the coastal areas of the United State.”
The White House has said that the president has asked Congress to take up a bill that would limit greenhouse gas pollution.
The bill would prohibit emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from power plants, cars, vehicles, factories, transportation systems and other industrial sources by 2020.
The president has called for a reduction of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to the levels of the pre-industrial period, but not emissions of methane and other pollutants.
The White, House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is overseeing NOAA’s climate change response, according the White House.