A new climate change report says the average global temperature is rising faster than "anything modern civilization has experienced".
The report also warns climate change could cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives every year in the future without prompt action.
"One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers", he said in an interview with the paper, in the Oval Office.
He said that American air and water was "right now at a record clean" and criticized the environmental records of China, South America and Russian Federation where "the air is incredibly dirty, and when you're talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small".
"I don't believe it", Trump said at the White House, adding that the United States would not take measures to cut emissions if the same was not done in other countries. Trump, after reading the essential thoughts noted that many aspects of mystified. "But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South American, and when you look at many other places in the world, including Russian Federation, including many other places, the air is incredibly dirty, and when you're talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small". It quoted the president saying, "You look at our air and our water, and it's right now at a record clean". This is acknowledging that the USA has achieved more than what would have been required of it in emissions reduction under the Paris climate accords, but virtually no other country in the world has.
Katharine Hayhoe, co-author of the current assessment and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, took to twitter to defend her predictions."I wrote the climate scenarios chapter myself, so I can confirm it considers ALL scenarios, from those where we go carbon negative before end of century to those where carbon emissions continue to rise", she tweeted.
Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us.
"And if we're the president of the United States, we do so at the peril of not just ourselves but the hundreds of millions of people we're responsible for".