The U.S. government faces "significant financial risk" from extreme weather related to climate change and needs to come up with a coordinated response, according to a new federal report.
The Government Accountability Office added climate change to its 2013 "High-Risk List" on the greatest threats to the government.
Extreme weather will be costly to the federal government because of its role in managing disaster aid, federal property, infrastructure, agriculture, ecosystems, defense installations, crop and flood insurance programs, and public health issues.
The report says the federal government needs to develop a strategic plan and coordinated response. It also points out the need to improve weather satellite data.
Via the GAO