Trump Team Garbles Climate Science — Science Says

11 August, 2017, 07:22 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Carper releases statement on federal climate change report

The latest federal report on the Earth's warming climate doesn't mince words about the disturbing trends, man's contributions or the dangers that millions across the globe already face, especially in low-lying coastal areas in Florida and elsewhere.

A report compiled by a U.S. government agency has confirmed that 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third year in a row of record global warmth.

The report predicts that USA temperatures will rise at least 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few decades, with cities experiencing much hotter temperatures.

"Global climate is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond". Scientists, such as Stanford University's Chris Field, say that even a few tenths of a degree of warming can have a dramatic impact on human civilization and the natural environment. "There are no alternative explanations".

The report came out just days after The New York Times published a draft US government report on climate, which said that the average temperature in the United States had risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and that recent decades had been the warmest in the past 1,500 years. The Environmental Defense Fund made a number of absurd accusations based on the Times article, tweeting that "someone leaked a major federal climate change report before Trump and Pruitt can cook the books". And while the results are predictably political, it's not as if it's a process that was invented by Trump. He asked why the USA should reduce its own coal use when other countries, chiefly China and India, continue to burn it. The last report was released in 2014.

It was reportedly leaked to the media out of concern that the report may be censored or watered down by the administration the way other climate documents have been. The agency said the aim of the report was purely "diagnostic". "This is the first case in which an analysis of climate change of this scope has come up in the Trump administration, and scientists will be watching very carefully to see how they handle it".

The New York Times issued a correction to its Tuesday front page article, now admitting that the government climate report it "obtained" had actually been publicly available online for months.

In other words, it has passed all the usual tests for scientific integrity.

"The final draft is now being reviewed by the administration", Hayhoe said.

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She then declined to comment on the report. "However, the administration may choose to not approve it, or to request changes".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the Times for not reaching out to the White House press office for comment before publishing the Tuesday report.

The draft report makes clear the depth and breadth of the evidence for how and why the climate is being disrupted.

Alley said the cost of reducing emissions now pales beside the cost of dealing with future climate change.

And it states unequivocally that "greater emissions lead to significantly more warming".

The report confirmed what NOAA, along with the World Meteorological Organization, announced in January about global temperatures.

However, the annual report does not detail the link between climate change and human activities such as burning coal or gasoline.

Scientists who collected data for the report attribute the record heat to long-term global warming and El Niño. This "rapid" warming, according to the report, is a rise of about one degree Fahrenheit Between 1901 and 2015 in the US, mostly due to an increase in temperatures in the western half of the country.

Those heat waves have not yet been linked directly to human-influenced climate change, but they might yet be.

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