The United States is set to exceed global CO2 targets in its emissions, a new report says, highlighting how many Americans are still on track for the highest levels in more than a century.
But some are already in danger of being overwhelmed by the effects of climate change, with the number of people with chronic illnesses expected to double in coming decades, according to the report released Monday.
And as the U.S. shifts toward a low-carbon economy, the number and types of illnesses that could be worsened by the rising climate are also expected to grow.
As part of the U to A 2025 report, the Institute for Energy Research and the Carnegie Institution of Washington said the U, with an average of more than 200,000 Americans with chronic illness, could reach the level of severe disease for which people in poor countries are already suffering.
“There is still more work to do in this era of rapidly rising health-care costs, rising food prices, and the rising costs of education, housing, and other necessities,” said Andrew Rosenberg, the report’s author and senior vice president of energy policy studies at the institute.
The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change requires the world’s governments to reduce emissions, but only gradually.
By 2025, it expects to see the U hit an emissions-reduction target of 28 percent by 2030, which would be nearly double what countries are currently meeting.
While the U has made progress in meeting its 2030 targets, progress has been uneven, and experts warn that the country’s progress is not as strong as it might seem.
In addition to the increased incidence of chronic illness and rising costs, experts say there are other reasons that the U could become overwhelmed by its CO 2 emissions.
A report by the World Health Organization in 2016 estimated that 1 in 3 adults and one in 20 children are living in areas with elevated CO 2 levels.
That number is rising rapidly.
For the first time, the U., with a population of more then 10 million people, is projected to exceed the average global CO 2 emission by 2020.
Other countries with growing populations, such as Australia and Japan, are also set to be hit by rising CO 2 as well.
And while the U is on track, its overall greenhouse gas emissions will not rise to the level that many other developed nations are on track with, the institute said.
The U., which is home to more than half the world population, is also expected be surpassed by the developing world in terms of the number with chronic health conditions, the most severe among them asthma, which kills more than 30,000 people a year, according the report.
But it’s not all bad news.
Rosenberg noted that the economic costs associated with chronic conditions could be offset by the cost of educating and caring for people with them.
Even if the U’s CO 2 pollution levels continue to rise, it’s still expected to be offset in other ways.
For instance, the World Bank’s report projects that as the world grows wealthier, people will continue to live longer and less of the country will be at risk of becoming polluted.
The United States has the second-highest level of CO 2 in the world, behind only China, but has shown significant progress in reducing its emissions in recent years, said Steven Sherwood, a senior fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the authors of the report, which was published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
“This report is an important reminder that we are making progress and we are moving in the right direction,” Sherwood said in a statement.
With the country set to overtake its emissions target in 2025, the study says it is likely that people living in the U will live longer, with a higher life expectancy, than those living in countries that have already exceeded theirs, such in Canada, Brazil, the European Union and India.
That’s partly because the United States’ population is expected to increase, with more people expected to enter the workforce as more people work, the researchers wrote.