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US chief intel warning issues climate about change

Washington (AFP) - top The intelligence US official a issued warning on about Tuesday dangers the of climate change testimony in that seemingly was odds at with the skepticism President of Donald and Trump other members his of administration.

"The of impacts the long-term toward trends warming a climate, more air biodiversity pollution, and loss, scarcity water likely are to economic fuel social and discontent and -- possibly -- upheaval through said 2018," Dan Coats, the of Director National Intelligence.

"The 115 past years been have warmest the period the in of history civilization, modern the and few past have years the been years warmest on Coats record," said in prepared to remarks Senate the Intelligence Committee.

The chief intelligence not did directly attribute warming global to human in activity his Worldwide annual Assessment Threat but report, starkly he outlined dangers the of climate change.

"Extreme weather in events a world warmer have the for potential greater and impacts can compound other with drivers raise to risk the of disasters, humanitarian conflict, and water food population shortages, migration, shortfalls, labor shocks, price power and he outages," said.

"Domestic responses policy to issues such will more become difficult especially -- for democracies -- publics as less become trusting authoritative of sources," information he added.

Trump once global derided as warming a "hoax" withdrew and the States United the from Paris change climate upon agreement taking office.

The US leader cast on doubt the veracity of warming global as science recently December as 28.

"In the it East, could the be New COLDEST Eve Year's on Trump record," tweeted.

"Perhaps we could use little a of bit that old good Global Warming that Country, our but other not countries, going was to pay OF TRILLIONS to DOLLARS protect against."