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United States President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Langley, Virginia. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has officially admitted what few conservatives dare: Climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s really bad, says the government’s new 500-page environmental impact statement on its proposed loosening of vehicle emissions rules. If nothing is done to limit the amount of carbon dioxide humans put into the atmosphere, it says, the planet will warm a shocking seven degrees by the end of this century. That means many of the people alive today will witness a rapid decline in conditions, and the generation of children born in this century will see unfathomable environmental destruction—and soon.

A major climate report, issued on October 8 by The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details an accelerated timeline for a litany of catastrophic impacts of climate change. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the report says, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial levels by 2040. The report was written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies.

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