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Scientists have named the warmest year on record

Global surface temperature in 2016 compared to the 1981-2010 average.
Click image to enlarge. Credit NOAA

The record warmth resulted from the combined influence of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño early in the year.

I am wondering if The Register-Guard plans to retract The New York Times article on the August 8 front page regarding the drastic rise in warmth in the world due to climate change ("New climate report cites drastic rise in warmth").

In its six months to date, it chose a climate-science denier to lead the Environmental Protection agency; rolled back two dozen regulations limiting air, water, and land pollution; and announced a USA withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit carbon emissions.

Trump's emphasis on fossil fuels is particularly notable in light of Thursday's report.

By now, we've all heard that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that heat-trapping greenhouse gases hit their highest concentration ever, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in almost 1 million years.

"The last few years have. seen record-breaking, climate-related, weather extremes, as well as the warmest years on record for the globe".

Greenhouse gas concentrations were up. "I also said in the next breath that man's impact does, in fact, have an impact on the climate".

While the study, recognized as the US government's most comprehensive look at climate, identified varying levels of turbulence across the globe, few spots were immune to the impacts of climate change - and some faced dire threats. The Times reported that scientists leaked them a copy of the report, "which has not yet been made public", because they were "concerned that it would be suppressed". His stance sets the odds with almost every other nation on Earth, all but two of which are part of the 2015 Paris agreement to try to cap global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

California experienced its warmest summer on record past year, the report noted, as one of its most severe droughts gave way to one of its wettest winters.

Scientists have named the warmest year on record

The lower troposphere - the atmosphere right above the Earth's surface - had the highest temperature on record, and the upper ocean's heat was close to a record.

The conditions are also having a significant impact on places where people live.

Farmer Sindulfo Fernandez inspects a dried watering hole for llamas in Orinoca, Bolivia, on January 8, 2016.

During an El Niño, a band of unusually warm ocean water develops in parts of the Pacific. "They're susceptible to storm surge".

In addition, the global average sea level rose to a new record high in 2016, and, according to the new report, was about 3.25 inches (82 mm) higher than that observed in 1993, when satellite record-keeping for sea level began.

Some extreme weather events increased, such as unusually high tropical cyclone activity.

"This is the most comprehensive science report that has been published outside of the auspices of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to my knowledge", co-lead author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University told the BBC.

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