Climate Change Study Leaked Over Fears That Trump Will Suppress It
Aug 10 2017
The report found that in the USA, temperatures have risen quickly over the last four decades, and the most recent decades have been the hottest in the past 1,500 years.
The EPA and 12 other agencies have until August 18 to approve of the climate report for public release.
The biggest sign, so far, about what the Trump administration might do about the report came from Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, who on Tuesday told the Today Show that she saw no reason the White House would reject the findings.
"An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report", TheNYT wrote in its correction issued Wednesday morning.
The report goes on to state that "many lines" of scientific evidence "demonstrate that it is extremely likely" (meaning 95-100% certain) "that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century". There is, for example, "relatively strong evidence" that climate change - caused by humans - was to blame for a record heat wave in Australia in 2003 and another in Europe.
Scientists said in the report that human interaction has a direct correlation to the impact of climate change, a notion Mr. Trump once said was "a hoax" created by China.
Federal government scientists despaired this week, as a draft report confirmed global warming is making ruinous advances.
Over on NBC's Today, Matt Lauer peppered Nikki Haley about the global warming report, demanding, "Given the fact we just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, will the administration embrace the results of this study?"
"Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans", the draft report states, according to the Times. The head of Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has said there is "tremendous disagreement" on the impact humans have had on the climate. President Trump becoming the savior of intellectual honesty on the right on climate change wouldn't be the weirdest thing to happen in American politics, but it'd be close.
As for hurricanes, "The projected increase in the intensity of hurricanes in the North Atlantic could increase the probability of extreme coastal flooding along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts beyond what would be projected based exclusively on [relative sea level] rise".
The Times was the first to report on the draft report's conclusions. Cold waves have become less frequent since the early 1900s, while heat waves have become more frequent since the 1960s. More severe storms, a shrinking ice pack and loss of sea life make for a plain-to-see picture. In the US, the report says the largest temperature increases have taken place in the West.
"Periodically taking stock of the current state of knowledge about climate change and putting new weather extremes into context ensures that rigorous, scientifically based information is available to inform dialogue and decisions at every level", the paper said.